Let us never forget the Hellenic values which gave rise to the benefits we and western civilization have enjoyed for millennia

The memories of September 11th will always be with us. Time will not eliminate the sorrow. Words will not soothe the anguish. Wisdom will not explain the evil. But through yet another challenge to our values and way of life, we endure; and we were reminded that the fragility of our individual existence is infinitely surpassed by the indomitable essence of our collective spirit. This spirit reflects our finest personal virtues and defines our nation.

The virtues that make America so unique find their origin in Ancient Greece and through a value system that was founded thousands of years ago. These virtues, enshrined in our young nation, can never be forgotten as we strive to form a more perfect union. The freedoms that bind each of us together are the cornerstone of our great society and at the heart of the resilience which guarantees that good triumphs over evil. Sixteen years ago, our nation stood strong and once again showed the world America’s resolve and the unity of its people.

On this solemn day, we are given the opportunity to reflect upon and appreciate the values that create a just society and a principled state. America is second to none and stands as a beacon of hope for the world to admire and for the wise to emulate. With pride, dignity, perseverance and an unyielding drive to make the future brighter, we pulled together to re-build what we lost, mend what could never be restored and revere the thousands of lives that were taken from us too soon.

Our very own Danielle Kousoulis was working on the 104th floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, and lost her life that day when terrorists flew jet airliners into the buildings.  The Danielle Kousoulis Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed to continue Danielle’s spirit of caring and generosity, and in 2002 celebrated its Inaugural Golf Outing. With help from sponsors and golfers, each year’s tournament has been an even greater success. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the scholarship fund, making it possible for us to keep the fund thriving, and in turn to keep Danielle’s memory alive.
Each year the scholarship fund awards academic scholarships to a Haddon Township (NJ) High School graduate (Danielle’s alma mater), and to a member of  St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church .
Please  consider joining  as a golfer or a sponsor to help us to commemorate and celebrate Danielle’s beautiful life that was tragically cut short 16 years ago.  As time passes and we move further away from the events of September 11th, it becomes ever more important to ensure that Danielle and all of the other victims of that terrible tragedy are never forgotten. This annual golf outing represents a wonderful way to celebrate and remember Danielle’s beautiful life to ensure that she is never forgotten.   
Kindly log onto daniellekousoulisfund.org for more info.
Through tragedy after tragedy, be it natural or man-made, America endures. And somehow, we endure stronger and wiser than before.
Let us never forget the Hellenic values which gave rise to the benefits we and western civilization have enjoyed for millennia. Let us never ignore our responsibilities to our fellow man, our community and our nation. And let us never forget to thank God for the United States of America.

George G Horiates
Saint Thomas Greek Orthodox Church