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VETERANS

AHEPA Honors America's
Fallen Heroes
A proud tradition continued in a torrential downpour as then Supreme President Phillip T. Frangos,
accompanied by Colonel Nicholas P. Vamvakias (U.S.
Army, ret.), past supreme treasurer; and Major Peter
Vergados (U.S. Air Force, ret.), laid a wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National
Cemetery, on behalf of a grateful American Hellenic
community, June 27, 2015. An Honor Guard Specialist
assisted them.
"This was one of the most powerfully moving
experiences of my life," Frangos
said. "We honored the sacrifices of
those throughout our nation's history, who paid the ultimate price,
and we expressed-in a small yet
significant way-our community's
gratitude to our nation's fallen. We
witnessed, and were inspired by, the
dedication to duty of the 3rd U.S.
Infantry Regiment in safeguarding
the honor of the Tomb no matter
how severe the elements become."
He added, "It was also especially meaningful to perform this
ceremony at a time in our nation's
history when our brave men and
women in uniform continue to be
in harm's way and just before our
nation celebrates its independence
on the Fourth of July."
Since 1924 Ahepans have returned annually to
Arlington to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier.
For more information about Arlington National
Cemetery, please visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org.

In a downpour, SP Frangos, PST Col. Vamvakias (U.S. Army
ret.), and Brother Maj. Vergados (USAF ret.) ensured a
proud tradition of honoring America's fallen heroes at the
Tomb of the Unknown continued.

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