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Greek-American Evzone Andreas Holevas on Realizing His Dream

July 25, 2020
By Vasilis Koutsilas

ATHENS – Greek-American Andreas Holevas has been a member of the Presidential Guard for about five months (since February) and his happiness and pride are indescribable.

“It was my dream,” the 28-year-old told The National Herald in an interview during one of his few days off from the Presidential Guard. Holevas is currently the only Greek-American serving as an Evzone.

A child of Greek immigrants who found themselves in the United States in the 1960s in search of a better life than Greece could give them at the time, Andreas was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1992 (he is the second child in the family, and has an older brother). But Greece was and is deeply rooted in the family, and the photograph of his grandfather, Georgios Holevas, his paternal grandfather, who was an Evzone in the Royal Guard in 1937, impressed him deeply and he hoped to one day follow in his footsteps.

"I wanted to be an Evzone like my grandfather. So last year I went through all the procedures to become a Greek citizen with all the documents, I got a Greek passport and in January 2020 I presented myself to the Greek army. After I took the oath of office in Soufli, I then managed to make my dream come true and join the Presidential Guard,” Holevas told TNH in fluent Greek, which he learned not only from his family members but also by attending Greek school at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Harrisburg.

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