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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, Philip of  Macedonia,  his  son,  Alexander  the
 3    Great,  and  his  tutor, the philosopher Aristotle, were born
 4    and raised in the Northern Province of Greece, Macedonia; and

 5        WHEREAS,  The  language  and  culture  of   the   ancient
 6    Macedonians,  the  ancestors  of  the inhabitants of northern
 7    Greece of today, were Hellenic; and

 8        WHEREAS, The Macedonians, like the rest of  the  Hellenes
 9    in  Antiquity,  believed  in  the  12  Gods  of  Olympus  and
10    participated with their fellow Hellenes in the Olympic Games;
11    and

12        WHEREAS,  Pella, the palace where Alexander the Great was
13    born, and Vergina, the burial site of the  Macedonian  kings,
14    are all located in Northern Greece; therefore, be it

16    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that for all of the  above
17    reasons,   we  proclaim  that  the  ancient  Macedonians  are
18    Hellenes and that the inhabitants of the northern province of
19    Greece, Macedonia, are their Hellenic Descendants; and be  it
20    further

21        RESOLVED,  That the history of Ancient Macedonia has been
22    Hellenic for 3,000 years and continues to be today; and be it
23    further

24        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
25    presented  to  Dr.  Antonios  Papadopoulos,  the  Mid-Western
26    District Governor of the Pan-Macedonian Association, Inc.

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