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AHEPA Honors America's
A proud tradition continued in a steady rain when AHEPA
paid its 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 President Andrew Zachariades, accompanied by
Col. Nicholas P. Vamvakias (U.S. Army ret.), past supreme treasurer; Captain Demosthenes N. Kolaras (U.S. Navy ret.), former AHEPA executive director; and Col. Ronald B. Baldinger
(U.S. Air Force ret.), member, AHEPA Chapter 542, Sterling,
Va., laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington
National Cemetery, on behalf of a grateful American Hellenic
community, May 22, 2017. An Honor Guard Specialist from 3d
U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) 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. "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."
Right: Supreme President Zachariades pays his respects at the
gravesite of PSP Col. Derzis.
L-R: Ret. Capt. Kolaras, Ret. Col. Baldinger, Supreme President
Zachariades, and Ret. Col. Vamvakias.
Estimated 660 Gravesites Memorialized
More than 100 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. According to organizers,
there are an estimated 660 gravesites at which AHEPA and
Daughters of Penelope members present a wreath and pause
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," Supreme Zachariades, who participated
along with Supreme Counselor George Horiates, said. "It was
an honor to join with them at this moving event."
Among the chapters participating were: AHEPA Chapter
31, Washington, DC, which began the annual tradition in
1949; AHEPA Chapter 383, Silver Spring, Md.; Col. Peter N.
Derzis Chapter 438, Arlington, Va., and AHEPA Molon Labe
Chapter 542, Sterling, Va.
Ahepans lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
AHEPA family members from the DC Metro area who memorialized
gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.
Summer 2017 · THE AHEPAN
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