Reactions To The First Annual Washington Celebration

Notes Sent In By Top US Policymakers and Opinion Leaders

 

  • “A wonderful event – very moving in so many regards…I was honored to be included”  — Managing Director at one of the top US think tanks

 

  • “A huge success” — Obama Administration and former Clinton Administration official
  • “A beautiful event and very moving” — Senior advisor to the US Secretary of State

 

  • “Really outstanding” — Former US Ambassador and senior advisor to numerous US Presidents
  • “The Oxi Day Foundation is off to a great start” — Former Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • “Perfect in every detail…It will stay in our minds as one of our best evenings”  — Former US Ambassador to Greece and his wife

 

  • “The videos you played with the history [of Oxi Day] were so well done (a woman who sat next to me was crying during the Battle of Crete video!)…the whole thing was so interesting.  Thanks so much for including me” — CNN Executive Producer
  • “A first class event…a job well done!” — Fox News Channel Chief Correspondent

 

  • “Congratulations on an incredible event” — Candidate for the US Congress
  • “A great evening and a privilege to hear such inspiring speakers” — Senior US Senate defense policy staffer
  • “Great event…very well done all around” — Senior US Senate foreign policy staffer
  • “A beautiful and special event” — Senior US House foreign policy staffer

 

  • “I was privileged to attend.  I found the occasion deeply moving” — Jewish community leader
  • “You guys did a terrific job.  I really appreciate you including me” — one of the “Jewish lobby” founders
  • [Posted on Facebook] “I spent the last day-and-a-half with the Greek community in recognition of Oxi Day, based on Greece’s heroic role against the Nazis in the early part of the War, a story which needs to be told…They are a proud Greek community and they should be.” — Senior officer in one of the top national Jewish organizations

 

  • “Thanks so much for including me in the wonderful Oxi Day celebration.  I was telling our CEO about it this morning.  I gave him my program so that he could see what great homage you paid to the Greek patriots who stopped the Axis forces.  I was also deeply moved with your awards to Jamel and Aung San Suu Kyi for their unwavering support of democracy.  You and your family should be very proud of this wonderful event.” — Vice President of the USO – created by the President of the United States, who serves as honorary chairman, to support all US troops and their families

 

Notes Sent In By Community Leaders

 

  • “All of us as Greeks thank you for your contribution in shaping a positive Greek image, particularly now.” — one of the United States’ most successful businessmen

 

  • “Very impressive and memorable.  We were thrilled to attend.” — head of one of the top Greek-American organizations

 

  • “The Foundation’s inaugural events were spectacular and the positive effects of this wonderful two-day expression of the historical significance of Oxi Day were felt by all who participated.”  — prominent national Greek-American leader from Chicago

 

  • “The Oxi Day Foundation is brilliant!  We very much enjoyed the banquet, and more importantly, the cause.  It is so important to recognize the past to help inspire us in the future.  The recognition of the Greek courage and role in WWII speaks for itself, but it is incumbent upon us to keep that knowledge alive in the lives of our children.  You saw that and made it happen.  Thank you!” — Greek-American from Virginia

 

  • “We felt so honored to be a part of it” — Greek-American from California
  • “A truly excellent Oxi Day celebration.  First class all the way.” — Greek-American from New Jersey
  • “A beautiful evening…first class” — Greek-American from Virginia
  • “The honorees were so inspiring” — Greek-American from Washington, DC
  • “You guys did an amazing job!!!!” — Greek-American from New York
  • “This celebration was timely and needed” — Greek-American from South Carolina
  • “I was unable to attend, but have heard it was a tremendous success.” — Greek-American from Michigan
  • “A great event. Glad to see positive attention for Greece for a change” — Greek-American from Maryland
  • “Everything was perfect… I hope that this event was the first of many.” — Greek Orthodox priest
  • The education on the history of Oxi Day enlightened everyone including me.  I heard more than one person say `I did not know that.’…You made us proud to be of Greek heritage.” — Greek-American from Rhode Island

 

  • “Extremely interesting and well organized” — Greek Embassy official
  • “Exceptionally well-organized event” — Cyprus Embassy official