2013 Schedule of Events



Washington, DC


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

6:30 p.m.
Greek Ambassador’s Reception for Sponsors [By Invitation Only]
[Metropolitan Club, 1700 H St., NW]



Thursday, October 24, 2013

10:30 am
Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award Presentation [Reservation Required]
[US Capitol Building, Rm HVC-201]

Honoree: David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee

  • Introduced by former US Ambassador to Greece, Tom Miller

Remarks: Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen of the Hellenic-Israeli Congressional Caucus (CHIA) – Congressmen Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member, House Middle East Subcommittee


2:30 pm
WWII Memorial Presentation of the Oxi Day Greatest Generation Awards [Reservation Required]
[The National World War II Memorial, 17th Street, NW between Constitution and Independence Avenues]


  • American WWII Veteran:  John Dingell, longest-serving Member of Congress in US history
  • Greek-American WWII Veteran: Christopher Mehiel (posthumously accepted by Dennis and Celeste Mehiel)
    • Introduced by former Senator Paul Sarbanes
  • Greek WWII Veteran: Four Star General Konstantinos Korkas
    • Introduced by Greek Embassy Defense Attache Colonel Evangelos Papadopoulos

 Keynote address: Jim Chanos


7:30 pm
Black Tie Banquet and Presentation of the Oxi Day Awards [Tickets Required]
[Organization of American States Building]

6:30 pm  General Reception

7:30 pm  Dinner begins


  • Oxi Day Award Recipient: John Githongo [Kenya]
    • Introduced by world-renowned musician and human rights activist, Bono (via video)
    • Remarks by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
    • Remarks by former US Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis
  • Oxi Day Battle of Crete Award Recipient: Berta Soler [Cuba]
    • Introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Senator Bob Menendez
    • [Invited] Remarks by Senator Marco Rubio

Special Performance by Steinway Concert artist, pianist Lara Downes, playing pieces of exiled composers.


Friday, October 25, 2013

12:00 pm
Wreath-Laying Ceremony
[Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier]


Note: The Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award Presentation, Greatest Generation Award Presentation and Wreath-Laying Ceremony are free to attend, but registration is required. To register, email rsvp@oxidayfoundation.org and indicate the event for which you are registering.