"Choose 2 Make a Difference"
DGES Europe Flag Project
"Choose 2 Make a Difference" flag was prepared by the Dorothy Grant Elementary School (DGES) - 4th Grade Class students, Fontana, California on October 22, 2012.
The intent of the flag project is to expose the kids to international geography, learn about different cultures and currency, and experience foreign business travel. Each day as the flag travels it's journey, people will sign the flag and photos and information will be sent back to the school via email to keep the kids up to date on it's journey.
The flag was prepared for use on a Ham Radio DX-pedition to Europe starting Nov. 7, 2012 and November 14, 2012. The flag will start it's journey in Fontana, CA on Oct. 22, 2012 and travel to Mt. Airy, MD. Then will depart Washington Dullas International Airport in Virginia on the evening of Nov. 6, 2012 and arriving in Paris, France, then to Athens, Greece on Nov. 7, 2012. After a few hours lay over in Athens, the flag will board a flight to Thassaloniki, Greece arriving at 5:00 PM on Nov. 7, 2012. The flag will then be driven by car then boat to the Docheiarious Monastery and Serbian (Hilandariou), Mount Athos, Greece on the morning of Nov. 8, 2012. On Nov. 9, the flag will depart Mt. Athos, Greece via car and will travel to Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Serbia. The flag will depart Belgrade, Serbia on Nov. 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM headed to Amsterdam, The Netherlands and arriving back at Washington Dullas International Airport in Virginia on the afternoon of Nov. 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM. On Nov. 15, the DGES Flag was mailed back to DGES in Fontana, CA via US Postal Service
SUMMARY OF EUROPE FLAG TRIP
Details about the Europe Flag trip are posted as the trip stages are completed.
November 6, 2012 - Mt. Airy, New Market and Frederick, Maryland
November 6, 2012 - Washington Dullas Airport, Virginia
November 7, 2012 - Charles De GaulIe International Airport Paris, France
November 7, 2012 - Athens, Greece
November 7, 2012 - Thassaloniki, Greece
November 8-9, 2012 - Docheiarious Monastery and Serbian (Hilandariou), Mount Athos, Greece
November 9-10, 2012 - Macedonia
November 10, 2012 - Albania
November 10, 2012 - Montenegro
November 11-14, 2012 - Belgrade, Serbia
November 14, 2012 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
November 14, 2012 - Washington Dullas International Airport, Virginia
Other Europe trip information:
Mount Athos - The Holy Monastery of Docheiariou
Mount Athos is an autonomous self-ruled monastic republic in the Chalcidic peninsula in northern Greece. Named after its 2,033-high peak, it extends for 340 square kilometres and it is inhabited by a rapidly growing population of 2,000 Orthodox Christian monks.
The Holy Mount Athos is an autonomous and self-governed territory of Greece. It occupies the whole of the third peninsula of Halkidiki, about 50 km in length and having a breadth of 8-12 km covering an area of 330 square kilometers. In the centre of the peninsula of Mount Athos rise a long range of hills and mountains, culminating in Mount Athos itself,2,033m above sea level. The boarder of this monastic state, where it meets the rest of Greece, is marked by an imaginary line drawn from Francocastro on the western coast across to Cape Arapis on the opposite coast, passing close it the foothills of the mountain “Megali Vigla” (Megas Zigos). Until the 3rd Century BC, many small Greek towns existed on the peninsula of Athos, principally colonies originating from Chalkida and Eretria. The most important of which were Sani, Ouranoupolis, Thisson, Kleones, Dion, Akrathos and Olofixos. Later, these towns declined or were destroyed.
Today on Mount Athos there are 20 monasteries, 17 of them are Greek: Megistis Lavras, Vatopediou ( Greek Cyprian ), Iviron, Koutloumousiou, Agiou Pavlou, Dionissiou, Xenofontos , Stavronikita, Gregoriou, Konstamonitou, Esfigmenou, Doheariou, Karakalou, Xiropotamou, Pantokratoros, Simonos Petras, Filotheou. One monastery is Russian (Agiou Panteleiminos), one is Serbian (Hilandariou) and one is Bulgarian (Zografou).There are also 14 skites and many kellia, kalives and kathismata.
Mount Athos is governed by the "Holy Community" a council of representatives from the 20 monasteries with the participation of the Greek State through its representative in Karyes, the capitol city. The executive organ of the “Holy Community” is the four-member “Holy Epistasia” headed by the “Protepistate”. Responsibility for spiritual matters comes under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, while matters of public order and safety come under the representative governor of the Greek state
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