Greek Consulate of Boston to Honor Marathon Winners in Commemoration
of 2500th Anniversary of Battle of Marathon,
Greek Community Invited to Attend




(BOSTON)--In celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, the Consulate General of Greece in Boston will present the Crowning Wreaths to the Boston Athletic Association to commemorate the 114th Boston Marathon.



On April 15, 2010, the Consul General of Greece in Boston kindly invites members of the Greek community to attend a
ceremony to celebrate the 2,500th Anniversary of the historic Battle of Marathon. Considered by historians to be a pivotal moment in world history, the Battle of Marathon is where Greeks repelled the invasion of the Persian Imperial Army from Europe in 490 B.C. The Greek victory in Marathon allowed the continuation of the Classical Greek civilization, preserving the cradle of democratic values and ensuring the continued path of Western civilization.


This year, the 2,500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon coincides with the 114th Boston Marathon. Boston, the Athens of America, was the first city in the United States to embrace the Marathon spirit in 1897 – one year after the Marathon run was introduced at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Since then, the Boston Marathon run takes place annually, without interruption, and has become one of the most prestigious athletic events around the world. Over the past few years, it has become an annual tradition for Greece, the source of the Marathon spirit, through its Consulate in Boston, to offer to the Boston Athletic Association the Crowning Olive Wreaths that will be bestowed to the winners of the Boston Marathon.

As this year marks the 2,500th Anniversary of the historic Battle of Marathon, the event at the Consulate will be celebrated with the participation of numerous dignitaries from Massachusetts and Greece, and in addition to the traditional olive wreaths that the Consul General is presenting, the Mayor of the City of Marathon together with the son of the legendary winner of the 1946 Boston Marathon, D. Kyriakides, will also present to the President of the Boston Athletic Association the anniversarial golden-coated olive Crowning Wreaths for the winners of the 114th Marathon run.

The Consul General of Greece at Boston and Officials and Staff
of the Consulate are pleased to extend an invitation to the Greek community to attend this celebration, and to pay tribute to the Marathon Athletic Association and to the long and bright history of the Boston Marathon.



(Posting date 04 April 2010)

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