WASHINGTON, DC — A time-honored tradition continued this week when members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) 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,” according to AHEPA’s website.
“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.”
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