The courage to be free

A portrait of Theodoros Kolokotronis, hero of the 1821 War of Independence, by Bavarian captain and artist Karl Krazeisen. [National Gallery]

"Greeks, God signed for our freedom and he won't take his signature back"

⁃ General Theodoros Kolokotronis, Hero of the Greek War of Independence


The anniversary of Greece's War of Independence reminds freedom-loving people around the world of the sacrifices made for the righteous cause of representative democracy, individual freedom, and self rule. Free people inspired to liberate themselves from systems of authoritarian rule that shackled them as "subjects" will never be able to pay the debt of gratitude they owe to the ancient Greeks who lit "freedom's light, " a light that even more than 400 years of Ottoman rule failed to extinguish.

This anniversary is also a reminder that history never stops and that freedom is not free. Lessons from history teach us freedom will always be challenged and that it takes courage and sacrifice to defend. As we...

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