Today is Veterans Day 2018! The Order of AHEPA is grateful to our veterans who have served to protect our freedom and to keep peace. We ask the community, including all of our chapters, to take a moment to observe this very special day. It is a day to express appreciation and gratitude to all those individuals who served in the United States Armed Forces to keep our nation safe and free.
This Veterans Day also marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. Did you know about the courageous story of U.S. Army Private First Class George Dilboy, the first Greek American to receive the Medal of Honor? Dilboy was mortally wounded in battle at Belleau, France, during World War I, July 18, 1918 (read Dilboy’s Medal of Honor citation). General John J. Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force, who would be promoted to General of the Armies in 1919, called Dilboy one of the “ten great heroes” of the war.
AHEPA is comprised of many members who served in our Armed Forces. The Order offers its profound and sincere thanks to them for their service to our country. AHEPA’s Veterans Committee, chaired by retired U.S. Army Colonel Nicholas P. Vamvakias, is committed to helping AHEPA chapters recognize veterans and active-duty service members. Please visit ahepaveterans.org to register veterans from your community and to order the AHEPA Medal for Military Service. The committee also encourages chapters to submit photographs from events honoring veterans via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.