On March 25, 1821, the bishop Germanos of Patras called upon Greeks to rise up against the Ottomans once again. The War of Independence was fought fiercely under the motto "Freedom or Death." This time, the Greek freedom fighters would not be vanquished. he day in which Bishop Germanos of Patros raised the flag and declared battle is also one of the holiest days of the Greek Orthodox Church. On Annunciation Day, the archangel Gabriel told Mary she would bear the Son of God. March 25 is celebrated throughout Greece as both a day of independence and an important religious holiday.