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HISTORY OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY EVENT

 

For an alphabetical review of our current graves database

of Americans of Hellenic origin buried at Arlington National Cemetery

please click here.

The laying of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the graves of Americans of Hellenic origin buried at Arlington National Cemetery had its beginning at the Order of AHEPA Second National Convention in Washington, D.C., September 21-25, 1924.

As part of its official business, the Convention laid an AHEPA wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a wreath on the grave of World War I hero George Dilboy, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. This practice continued from year to year with wreaths and floral arrangements laid on an increasing number of graves, as discovered, of Americans of Hellenic origin buried at this hallowed Cemetery.

This has become an Order of AHEPA Annual National Project, with the Washington AHEPA Chapter #31 designated as coordinator, that brings together a dedicated assembly of representatives from the AHEPA Family Chapters of the Washington Metropolitan Area on Memorial Day Weekend, who divide into several, groups equipped with names, charts and maps and proceed to Arlington Cemetery and lay Floral Arrangements, bearing the AHEPA emblem on the graves of four hundred and eighty nine (489) Americans of Hellenic Origin.

As part of this project, the Supreme Lodge, usually by the current Supreme President with special honors, lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.

The authorities at Arlington National Cemetery are informed annually by special letter of our intended project and grant us the courtesies in fulfilling our mission, and they have our deep thanks and appreciation.

There are many more than our present count of Greek-American graves interred at Arlington National Cemetery. We can only locate the graves if we know the name of the deceased, Section & Grave number. If you have anyone you wish to add to our current list, please send your information to:

AHEPA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
1909 Q Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Tel: 202-232-6300
Fax: 202-232-2140

The HQs in turn will refer it to the coordinating committee of AHEPA Chapter #31 for proper action or e-mail your info to vassilis@bskardis.com.

 



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