WASHINGTON, DC – Early on the morning of October 28th, 1940, the Greek Prime Minister was awoken to respond to a series of demands from a representative of the Axis Powers which would have allowed foreign troops free reign in Greece. His response was simple, yet firm: “Oxi” — No.
The Washington Oxi Day Foundation presents the 10th Annual OXI Courage and Service Awards live online on the 80th anniversary of OXI Day, Wednesday, October 28, 12 noon-1:30 PM EST.
The Washington Oxi Day Foundation, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, is dedicated to informing American policymakers and the public about the profound role Greece played in bringing about the outcome of World War II and celebrating modern day heroes who exhibit the same courage as the Greeks did in continuing to fight to preserve and promote freedom and democracy around the world.
The honorees for The OXI Courage (Battle of Crete) Award are the Wuhan Whistleblower Doctors who risked and gave their lives fighting COVID and Chinese suppression.
The OXI Courage Award posthumously honors Dr. Joseph Costa, who gave his life fighting COVID.
The Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award posthumously honors Congressman John Lewis, the Civil Rights leader and icon.
The Calamos Service Award posthumously honors Greek-American Steve Pisanos, World War II, Korea and Vietnam War Veteran.
The Dilboy Service Award posthumously honors Greek-American Andrew Mousalimas, WWII Veteran.
The event will include special appearances by Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Ioanna Phoca – granddaughter of Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas from the spot, 80 years to the day, of the OXI heard around the world, and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.
Presenters include The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis, John Calamos, Jim Chanos, Fr. Alexander Karloutsos, Danialle Karmanos, Nick Logothetis, Andrew Manatos, George Marcus, Dennis Mehiel, Dean Metropoulos, Michael Psaros, and emcee for the event Laura Evans Manatos.
Watch live online: https://oxidayfoundation.org/2020awards/.