WASHINGTON, DC – Phillip T. Frangos, supreme president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, has issued the following statement on the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks:
“Today, on the thirteenth anniversary of September 11th, we remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks against our nation. We can never forget their sacrifice and our thoughts and prayers will always be with them and their families. Their memories will be eternal.
“In these times of tragedy, there are those individuals that were the first to respond, both emergency-responders and civilians alike, whom we salute today and thank for their brave acts of heroism.
“Today is a national day of service, and AHEPA encourages you to not only remember the victims of 9/11, but to also honor their memory by participating in acts of service to help strengthen your community. The AHEPA Family also looks forward to contributing to the building of Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero.”
Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination, 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. The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.