Greek Landing Day 2019 celebrates St. Augustine’s immigration history and honors the memory of the 500 Greek colonists who came to America as indentured servants with Andrew Turnball. Most arrived on June 26, 1768 with only a third surviving to return to St. Augustine as New Smyrna refugees.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has held a memorial in their honor for the past three decades and the City of St. Augustine proclaims itself Greek for the day.
Schedule of Events
3:00pm — Lecture with Dr. William Samonides, curator of the special exhibits, Priests and Parishes of the South: A Profound and Abiding Presence. Public is invited.
4:30pm — Greek Landing Day Memorial in Shrine Chapel; Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta officiating and joined by Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, and His Excellency, Bishop Felipe Estevez of St. Augustine.
5:00pm — Procession to Tolomato Cemetery where the clergy will bless the grave sites and St. Photios Foundation 1st VP Archon Dr. Manuel N Tissura will lay a wreath at the headstone of Mary Ioannopolis Darling.
The Honorable George Gardner, former mayor of St. Augustine will read the City of St. Augustine Greek Landing Day Proclamation.
For information, please call 904-829-8205.