At the SS Hellas Liberty Museum in Piraeus Port, Greece -
Ambassador Geoffery Pyatt stated “the Greek shipping industry serves as a stabilizing force in the region that is grappling with a range of geostrategic challenges.” State Senator Lou Raptakis spoke about the heroic effort, in which he and others present that night played major roles, to find a Liberty ship. The ship found was 1 of only 3 remaining in the world converted into the museum. Raptakis also noted that his father made 11 Atlantic voyages during the war before settling in the USA and enlisting in the US Army. For details: Read/Click/Tap Here: Greek Memorial Planned. Initial story by Kathimerini, The Trust Project.
"Another notable step, which Senator Lou Raptakis actively supported, was the fact that in March 2018, the State University of New York and the National Merchant Marine Academy of Hydra signed an agreement for student exchanges between the two institutions. This is a fantastic initiative, and is a great example of the kind of educational partnerships that we will continue to grow. Our governments also recently reached an agreement on the mutual recognition of seamen certificates, and Minister Kouvelis and I have agreed that we will seek to build even more on cooperation between the U.S. and Hellenic coast guards. And as I was arriving tonight, I was thrilled to be greeted by a few of the cadets from the Hydra Academy, who are in a position to benefit from this exchange program." Click/Tap Here to read the full story - Ambassador’s Remarks at East Mediterranean Business & Cultural Alliance February 8, 2019 by the official website of the U.S. Embassy in Greece.
Rhode Island State Senator Lou Raptakis, alone with Nicole Malliotakis (of Staten Island) and Wyoming State Senator Stephen Pappas formed a bipartisan delegation of Greek-American legislators who made an official visit to Greece. This delegation attended the Thessaloniki International Fair at which USA was this year’s honored country. Read more Staten Island Entertainment.
Greek News Online: "Providence, RI – State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and the Newport Hellenic community hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at the Rhode Island State House, bringing together state leaders and members of the Hellenic community to recognize the 197th anniversary of Greece’s independence. This is the twenty-sixth consecutive celebration of the event, which included the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic Stratos Efthymiou meeting with Rhode Island Senate President Domenic Ruggerio." Read more at: Community-Greece-Headline
"Senator Raptakis and St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Hellenic community host the celebration of 197th anniversary of Greek Independence Day and the Feast of the Annunciation at RI State House
Greek Consul General Efthymiou joins local Greek leaders, elected officials in celebration of Greek heritage
STATE HOUSE – State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and the Newport Hellenic community hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at the Rhode Island State House, bringing together state leaders and members of the Hellenic community to recognize the 197th anniversary of Greece’s independence. This is the twenty-sixth consecutive celebration of the event, which included the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic Stratos Efthymiou meeting with Rhode Island Senate President Domenic Ruggerio.
MaritimesTV: "The event of the Propeller Club – Port of Piraeus on the Commemoration of the United States of America and the Hellenic Republic friendship. The United States Ambassador to Greece Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt honored the event with his presence was the keynote speaker while the Honorable Rhode Island State Senator of USA Mr. Leonidas P. Raptakis was addressed the welcoming remarks. The event took place on board the floating museum SS “Hellas Liberty” on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 12.00."
ABOUT THE Author
A long-time member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, Lou Raptakis has worked on a range of RI legislation policy issues impacting not only Greece but many European nations.