U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, noted the importance of voting in a democratic society and Greece’s resilience through the centuries during a visit at the Athenian Stoa in the center of Ancient Athens, one day before the American elections.
“The experience of Greece over the last few years has a lesson for all of us. Greece has faced enormous challenges, but the democratic institutions of this country have functioned without interruption. And that’s something that’s worth remembering. To me, this shows both the remarkable resilience of the Greek people, but it also demonstrates the enduring power of democracy,” Pyatt said, according to a press release by the U.S. embassy.
The ambassador received a tour of the Ancient Agora site by Dr. Kevin Daly of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (ASCSA). Dr. Daly briefed the Ambassador on the role of the ancient Athenian Agora, the center of the ancient city, where citizens would assemble to cast their ballots for elections on many issues.
“As we exercise our right and privilege as American citizens to vote, we remember that participating in an election is a tremendous opportunity that should not be taken for granted,” he said and continued, “although it might seem like a simple process – dropping a bronze ballot or a piece of paper in a box – it is critically important. It is inspiring to be standing at one of the original ballot boxes where the world’s earliest votes were cast.”