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VETERANS

AHEPA Honors America's
Fallen Heroes
A proud, time-honored tradition continued this week when Ahepans
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.
Col. Nicholas P. Vamvakias (USA, Retired), chair of the AHEPA
Veterans Committee and past supreme treasurer; ROTC Cadet
Donald Moran, Past Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas, and
Executive Director Basil N. Mossaidis, placed a wreath at the Tomb
of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, on behalf of a grateful American Hellenic community, May 24, 2018. 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.
Although he was unable to attend, Supreme President Carl R.
Hollister, a retired U.S. Army Major with 21 years of active and
reserve service, of which 17 years were spent in Special Operations
with tours of duty in Central America and Central Asia, stated: "This
week, 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 is
especially meaningful for our Order to perform this ceremony during
a time in our nation's history when our brave men and women continue to be in harm's way."
In a tweet, Arlington National Cemetery conveyed its appreciation to AHEPA for helping to honor the fallen.

Close to 600 Gravesites Memorialized
Nearly 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, May 26, 2018. 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," Supreme
President Hollister said.
Among the AHEPA 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,
Falls Church, Va., and AHEPA Molon Labe
Chapter 542, Sterling, Va.

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