2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 28, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Spiros and Zepnick,
cosponsored by Senator Vukmir. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR12,1,2 1Relating to: celebrating March 25, 2017, as the 196th anniversary of Greek
AJR12,1,53 Whereas, on March 25, 1821, the Greek nation began its fight for independence
4and waged a successful War of Independence (1821-1829) and reinstated a
5democratic form of government; and
AJR12,1,106 Whereas, it was Greece that first ignited the flame of freedom and is still known
7as the “cradle of democracy" by, during the sixth and fifth centuries BC, in Athens,
8introducing to the world the idea of direct representative government, thus ushering
9in a golden age of art, architecture, philosophy, and drama under such giants of
10Western history as Pericles, Sophocles, Euripides, Socrates, and Plato; and
AJR12,1,1511 Whereas, a legacy of the Greek democratic ideal is the hope that it has always
12inspired in oppressed people throughout the history of the world, including the
13founding leaders of the United States of America who drew heavily on the democratic
14principles, political experience, and philosophy of ancient Greece in forming our
15representative form of government; and
1Whereas, of all of the wonderful gifts bestowed upon humanity by Greece — art,
2ethics, beauty, literature, philosophy, and democracy — we now celebrate the
3greatest of these, democracy. A world without political liberty and freedom of
4expression would be a world enshrouded in darkness, terror, and intellectual
5sterility. Greece has shown us the light, and we are eternally grateful; now,
6therefore, be it
AJR12,2,10 7Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
8Legislature celebrates March 25, 2017, as the 196th anniversary of Greek
9independence and reaffirms Wisconsin's abiding commitment to the magnificent
10principles of democracy; and, be it further
AJR12,2,13 11Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint
12resolution to the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA),
13Chapter 369 of Madison and Chapter 40 of Milwaukee.
AJR12,2,1414 (End)