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VETERANS

AHEPA Honors the Fallen
A proud, time-honored tradition continued Memorial Day
Weekend when AHEPA family members paid their respects on
behalf a grateful American Hellenic community to those who
made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, democracy, and liberty
at Arlington National Cemetery.
Then-Supreme President George E. Loucas, accompanied by
his father, Emmanuel, who served in the U.S. Navy Reserves;
and his son, Emmanuel "Max," and Col. Nicholas P. Vamvakias
(USA, Retired), chair of the AHEPA Veterans Committee and
past supreme treasurer; placed a wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, on behalf of the
American Hellenic community, May 24, 2019. An Honor Guard
Specialist from 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
assisted them and a U.S. Army Band Bugler played Taps. Since
1924 Ahepans have returned annually to Arlington to place a
wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"This was one of the most powerfully moving experiences of
my life," Loucas said. "Today, 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. It was also especially meaningful
to perform this ceremony at this time in our nation's history
when our brave men and women continue to be in harm's way."

Close to 600 Gravesites Memorialized
AHEPA family members from the mid-Atlantic Region gathered
to memorialize those identified as Greek Americans or Greek
Orthodox who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, May
25, 2019. According to organizers, there were an estimated 568
gravesites at which AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope members presented a wreath and paused in remembrance of those
who perished for our nation. This solemn ceremony has been
performed annually since 1949.
"I commend the AHEPA family of the metro Washington,
DC area for its carefully detailed effort to honor properly the
memory of the brave souls of our community who sacrificed for
our freedom," Loucas said.

Top: "Taps" is played after a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the
Unknowns.
Middle: (L-R): Emmanunel Loucas, Supreme President Loucas, his son,
Max; and retired Col. Vamvakias.
Bottom: AHEPA family members from Capital District 3.

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