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proud tradition continued Memorial Day weekend 2014, and on May 31, 2014, AHEPA family
members paid their respects on behalf of the
American Hellenic community to those who gave
the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, democracy, and liberty at
Arlington National Cemetery.
Supreme Treasurer Andy Zachariades, representing
Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis, accompanied by
retired U.S. Army Col. Nicholas P. Vamvakias, past supreme
treasurer; retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. John Adams; and
Executive Director Basil Mossaidis participated at the wreath
laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, May
31, 2014. An Honor Guard Specialist assisted them. Since 1924
Ahepans have returned annually to Arlington to lay a wreath at
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"This was one of the most powerfully moving experiences of
my life," Zachariades 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."
He added, "To be accompanied by Colonels Vamvakias and
Adams, veterans of Vietnam and Korea, respectively, was also
an honor for me."

Estimated 660 Gravesites Memorialized at Arlington
On Saturday, May 24, 2014, AHEPA family members from the
mid-Atlantic Region, led by AHEPA Chapter 31, Washington,
DC, Col. Peter N. Derzis Chapter 438, Arlington, Va., and Molon
Labe Chapter 542, Dulles, Va., gathered to memorialize those

One of the more than 600 gravesites memorialized by the
AHEPA family.

identified as Greek Americans or Greek Orthodox who are
buried at Arlington National Cemetery. According to organizers,
there are roughly 660 gravesites at which AHEPA and Daughters
of Penelope members present a laurel wreath and pause in
remembrance of those who perished for our nation. This ceremony has been performed annually since 1949.
"I commend the AHEPA family of the Metro Washington
DC area for its carefully detailed effort to properly honor and
remember the memory of those brave souls of our community who sacrificed so much for freedom," Supreme President
Anthony Kouzounis said.
For more information about Arlington National Cemetery,
please visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org.

The group gathers at St. Sophia Cathedral in DC prior to heading to Arlington
National Cemetery.

www.ahepa.org

Members of Chapter 542 identify sections of the
cemetery where the gravesites are located.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Summer 2014

President's Message
AHEPA Family News
The Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Its Key Role in Peace and Unity Talks
AHEPA Family Holds Successful Annual Excursion to Greece
Honoring America's Fallen Heroes
Civic Responsibility
Athletics
Periclean
Housing
AHEPA Family Chapter News
Best PRactices
In Memoriam
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 1
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 3
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - President's Message
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - AHEPA Family News
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 6
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 7
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - The Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Its Key Role in Peace and Unity Talks
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - 9
The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - AHEPA Family Holds Successful Annual Excursion to Greece
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Honoring America's Fallen Heroes
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Civic Responsibility
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Athletics
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Periclean
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - Housing
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The AHEPAN - Summer 2014 - AHEPA Family Chapter News
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