AHEPA District 5: 2nd OXI Day Commemoration at Ellis Island

On Saturday, October 15th we commemorated the 76th Anniversary of OXI Day.  It was truly a unique event as we celebrated our immigrant experience and Greece’s resistance to Nazi tyranny.

We were overwhelmed by the rich history of Ellis Island as we celebrated the history of our forefathers.  On behalf of Hudson County Chapter, President Bill Matsikoudis welcomed all the attendees and thanked everyone for their support in remembering this day.  District Governors George Petrakakis and Isa Velez both addressed everyone with moving words as to the importance of the holiday and the AHEPA Family.  As Supreme Governor Chris Diamountoukos provided his moving remarks to the attendees.  Lectures were presented as to the “Importance of OXI Day in the Modern World”; as well as the “Greek Immigrant Experience: Our Odyssey to America.”  A copy of the power point lecture is attached.  Following the lectures, we visited the museum and toured the grounds.

It was a wonderful event and we would like to thank the Hudson County Chapter for having the inspiration in establishing this event and being our host.  Next year, we are scheduled as well and plan on visiting both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  Please save the date!


Lt. Governor Zenon Christodoulou


Asteris Fanikos, PDG