Supreme President George E. Loucas has issued a statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush, a recipient of the AHEPA Socrates Award:
“Ahepans mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush.
“President Bush exemplified a lifetime of service to America as a World War Two combat pilot and during his tenure in public service. However, AHEPA will always remember him for making the call to public and community service a centerpiece of his life. In his 1988 acceptance speech for the Presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, then-Vice President Bush cited the Order of AHEPA as one of the ‘Thousand Points of Light’ that brighten and diversify America through a ‘Nation of Community.’ We are thankful for his lasting commitment to service, spirit of volunteerism and building stronger communities.
“Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the entire Bush family. May his memory be eternal.”
In 1991, AHEPA presented President Bush with the AHEPA Socrates Award in the Oval Office.
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Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
AHEPA’s mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.