Giving Back To Our Veterans
We take every opportunity we get to show our appreciation for our men and women in the armed forces.
Read the ways in which we show our respect below.
Wreath Laying Ceremonies
Annually, since 1924, Ahepans have paid their respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, democracy, and liberty with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
STORY OF American-Hellenic Reverence
During World War I Private George Dilboy, an American soldier whose Greek parents hailed from Asia Minor was serving in France. His extraordinary heroism during one intense ground battle cost him his life and earned him the Medal of Honor. Private Dilboy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Every Memorial Day weekend since 1949, AHEPA family members gather to memorialize his gravesite along with nearly 600 other gravesites of those identified as Greek American or Greek Orthodox.
Supporting Our Veterans Through
AHEPA Service Dogs for Warriors
A specially trained PTSD dog can provide a sense of security, calming effects, and physical exercise that can make a positive difference in the life of those that suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder. The AHEPA Service Dogs for Warriors program directs funds towards purchasing service dogs for veterans in need.
AHEPA Veterans Affairs Committee
The goal of the Order of AHEPA Veterans Affairs Committee is to archive and recognize all veterans of the Order and Hellenic community through sound communication and publication.
The AHEPA Medal For Military Service
The AHEPA Medal for Military Service, acknowledged by the 106th Congress, was first presented to all AHEPA veterans present at the 34th Biennial Congressional Banquet, March 29, 2000. The Supreme Lodge then encouraged its districts and chapters to present this medal to its deserving veterans unable to attend this banquet.
It is this committee’s intent to register AHEPA Veterans and have the AHEPA Medal presented at appropriate events at the District and Chapter levels. Funds collected through this effort cover medal production and shipping. Remaining proceeds will be donated to the AHEPA Veteran Affairs projects annually.