|State Honors Awardees
ith fitting pomp and pageantry, an armed forces color guard presented the colors and the U.S. Marine Brass Quintet played the National Anthem to begin the annual Departmental Awards Ceremony for the Year 2000. The event took place in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State on May 4.
Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm Jr., director general of the Foreign Service and director of Personnel, welcomed recipients, their families and invited guests to the event. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas R. Pickering presented Department-wide awards to 46 recipients or their representatives.
||New Look Transforms Embassy Athens|
he white marble columns gracing the American Embassy in Athens now gleam as they did in 1961. The fountains play again and new landscaping means the building looks more like what the renowned architect Walter Gropius intended when he designed it as a modern-day tribute to ancient Athens.
The embassy has also commissioned a statue of Secretary of State George C. Marshall, whose historic aid program helped turn the Greek Civil War away from communism and bring prosperity to Greece. Marshall is one of the major figures in the embassy's history project, a privately funded permanent exhibit in the chancery lobby that traces the history of the Greek-American relationship from 1821 to the present.
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