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180 years of independence for Greeks

Theodore Androulidakis, 5, waits with classmates Tuesday before performing at St. Sophia school's Independence Day program at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City. The children presented poems and songs. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 279 S. 300 West, plans to celebrate Greek Independence Day Sunday. A social hour is at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program. Greece declared independence from the Ottoman Empire March 25, 1821.

March 25th is the Fourth of July in Greece — Greek Independence Day.

That's the day the nation declared its freedom from the Ottoman Empire after more than 400 years of subjugation. A bloody war followed, with Greece finally pulling free in 1833.

Locally, a special program is planned for March 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Prophet Elias Church, 5335 S. Highland Dr. For information call 424-1297. Other events will feature local and national dignitaries, youngsters in native dress, music, food and dance. At St. Sophia, children as young as 3 have been memorizing songs and poems for the affair.