Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony Reminds of Greek History

Every year the Alpha Omega Council, a Philhellenes (meaning “love of Greece”) Organization based in Boston, puts on what they call a Wreath Ceremony, in which an official from the Greek government hands over the official wreaths, traditionally given to the winner of Greek Athletic events as far back as the ancient Olympics. The event is well attended by various lovers of both the Boston Marathon and of Greek history, with a crowd the varies from Harvard Medical School professors to businessmen to the first woman to participate in the Boston Marathon.

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Haris Lalacos (right) hands the official wreaths of the 2017 Boston Marathon to Joann Flaminio (left).

Though the main event of the evening was the transfer of the wreaths from the Ambassador of Greece Haris Lalcos to Boston Athletic Association President Joann Flaminio, there were a plethora of speakers.

Kathrine V. Switzer, notable for being the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon gave her piece as she prepared to run the race again at the age of 70, 50 years after running it originally.

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Nicholas Kourtis (right) and Giogos Kaminis (left) present a middle school essay contest winner with her prize.

Another highlight of the event was Nicholas Kourtis, former president of the Alpha Omega Council, who along with Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis, presented middle schoolers with awards for winning the essay contest that Kourtis and the Alpha Omega Council had set up to educate people on the history of the Marathon.

The entire event touches at the extremely deep history of the marathon, and also reaches back to the strong emotional bonds that tie this event to Greece and Greek history.

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Boston Remains Restrained as Boston University Rallies

Marsh Plaza at Boston University was in an uproar on Wednesday around noon, with students protesting the Trump administration.

Just across the freeway though, many Boston denizens were much less concerned with the President’s first month in office, more specifically his alleged ties to Russia that have been coming out over the last few weeks.

Some, like Daphne and Jake, were concerned, if notably less than the protesting students.

Others were much more reserved.

Scott, a local investment manager, said that he wasn’t really concerned with the President’s political ties to Russia.

Madison, a Freshman Graduate Student of Opera at Boston Conservatory, went even further, saying that she didn’t often concern herself with national politics.

The recent allegations have been inviting a lot of comparisons to the famous Watergate scandal in which Former President Richard Nixon was ousted after significant criminal evident compiled against him. Andy, also an Organizer, didn’t think this is a fair comparison.

The outrage is palpable on many campuses around the United States as students join in protests against the administration as frustrations grow. Still, at least here in Boston, the opinion of the greater population is still not quite ready to condemn him to the same extent.

Yet, national Gallup Poll still has Trump’s approval rating fluctuating between 40 and 50, and according to some polls he has had the lowest approved of start in the history of the presidency. This suggests that while many people aren’t ready to condemn him out of hand, even the citizens off campus are beginning to become disgruntled.