Nick is of Greek descent, and we have relatives living in Greece with whom he talks each week….in Greek! So when we found out that there would be a Greek Flag Raising Ceremony in the plaza of San Jose City Hall, organized by Councilman Pete Constant, we made a beeline for it on Friday, March 23. A good crowd showed up, and many dignitaries including Mayor Reed and the Metropolitan from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. There were young Greek dancers, the singing of both the USA and the Greek national anthems, some speeches, and lots of heartfelt comraderie. It was easy to see how important it was to everyone that they share a common heritage and work hard to keep it alive in San Jose.
We have so many interesting cultures here, with so many kinds of festivals, food, and fun to tap into. I’m so happy to live in a city filled with diversity…and I’d love to know what your heritage is…where did you come from, who do you still know there, when was the last time you visited? Let’s make our homeland heartstrings sing!
Now I’m waiting for a Lithuanian Flag Raising Ceremony .