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VETERANS

Boston's American Legion Post Donates $15K to Sponsor
Service Dog
War I, George was inducted into
the U.S. Army on May 27, 1917.
He was one month into his 28th
year. Disembarking in France,
Private Menichios a member of the
1st Division, entered the line on
October 21, 1917 at Saint Mihiel
and then to the Meuse-Argonne sector from September 26, 1918 until
he was killed in action October 4,
1918, thirty-seven days before the
war ended on November 11, 1918.
His total military career lasted less
than five months.
Private George K. Menichios,
Company H, 26th Infantry Division,
First Division - United States Army,
lies buried at the Meuse-Argonne
American Cemetery, Romagne
Past Commander Constantine Calliontzis and Peter J. Vergados, Commander of Post 324. Calliontzis is a (Meuse), France, grave number
past AHEPA Board of Trustees member, Past District 8 Governor, and Past Athens Chapter 24 President, 35-A-9, along with 14,246 other
Boston.
American servicemen. He was
cited for gallantry in action and special meritorious service.
American Legion Post 324, Boston, Mass., donated $15,000 to
The George K. Menichios Square at the corner of Arlington
the AHEPA Service Dog for Warriors Program to sponsor a serand Boylston Streets, Boston,
vice dog for a veteran. The Post, named, George K. Menichios,
Massachusetts is dedicated in
was formed in 1941 and honors Private George K. Menichios, a
his name.
28-year-old Greek immigrant killed in action during World War
" Poor is a nation that has no
I. Now, 102 years later, American Legion Post 324 honors his
heroes, but poorer still is the
ultimate sacrifice by sponsoring a specially trained PTSD sernation that having heroes, fails
vice dog who can provide a sense of security, calming effect and
to remember and honor them. "
physical exercise; making a positive difference in a veteran's life.
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Unable to accept the
About Private Menichios
check in person, due to travel
George K. Menichios was born in Megalopolis, Arcadia, Greece,
restrictions currently in effect,
on April 14, 1890. In 1910, he came to Boston, and like all immiAHEPA's National Project
grants, dreamed of the great opportunities his new country preChairman George Karatzia
sented him. George embraced the concept of liberty and the
promises to do what he can so the dog, to be named, " Private
ideals of freedom that make up the United States of America.
George K., " will be assigned to a Greek American, if one is in
He lived in Boston's oldest neighborhood, known as the North
the system.
End. Just one year following the United States' entry into World

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