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VETERANS AHEPA Honors America’s Fallen Heroes Ahepans Lay Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier A proud tradition continued Memorial Day weekend 2013, 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. Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides accompanied by retired Col. Nicholas P. Vamvakias, past supreme treasurer; retired Col. Steve Pisanos, 2013 AHEPA Medal of Freedom recipient; and Executive Director Basil Mossaidis participated at the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 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,” said Dr. Grossomanides. “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.” More than 600 Gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery Memorialized On Saturday, May 25, 2013, AHEPA family members from the mid-Atlantic Region, led by AHEPA Chapter 31, Washington, DC, and Col. Peter N. Derzis Chapter 438, Arlington, Va., gathered to memorialize those 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 wreath of artificial flowers and pause in remembrance of those who perished for our Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides, Col. Vamvakias and Col. Pisanos following an emotional moment at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 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,” said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. For more information about Arlington National Cemetery, please visit Ahepans, assisted by an Honor Guard Specialist, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and pay their respects as Taps is played by a bugler. 18 | The AhepAn · Summer 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Summer 2013

The AHEPAN - Summer 2013
President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
Congressional Banquet Triumphantly Returns to Washington
Annual Excursion Focuses on Humanitarian Eff orts
AHEPA Announces “Th e Demeter Initiative” to Feed Greece’s Hungry, Benefit Economy
Civic Responsibility
The Periclean
AHEPA Family Chapter News

The AHEPAN - Summer 2013