2011 Schedule of Events

FIRST ANNUAL WASHINGTON OXI DAY CELEBRATION

October 27 -28, 2011, Washington, DC

FINAL SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 27, 2011

10:30 am
Keynote address by American scholar regarding Greece’s Strategic Contribution in WWII
[American University, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Third Floor]

Greeting: Washington Oxi Day Foundation President and Founder, Andrew Manatos

Remarks: Georgetown University Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Hellenic Studies Chair, Patrick Deneen

Keynote Address: Haverford College Associate Professor of History, Alexander Kitroeff

 

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

Greeting: Washington Oxi Day Foundation President and Founder, Andrew Manatos

Mistress of Ceremonies:

  • Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Assistant Secretary of State, Barbara Spyridon Pope

Opening Remarks:

  • Vice-Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

Honorees:

  • Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole, on behalf of American WWII Veterans
    • Introduced by Former US Ambassador to Belgium, Tom C. Korologos
  • Panagiotis M. Sakellaris, on behalf of Greek WWII Veterans
    • Introduced by Greece’s Defense Attache Colonel Taxiarchis Sardellis
  • Andrew A. Athens, on behalf of Greek-American WWII Veterans
    • Introduced by Andrew E Manatos, Oxi Day Foundation President and Founder

 

7:30 pm
Black Tie Banquet and Presentation of the Oxi Day Awards
[Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Conference Level] [Corcoran Ballroom]

6:00 pm    VIP Reception  [Douglass Room and Patio]

6:30 pm    General Reception  [Dumbarton Room]

Greeting: Washington Oxi Day Foundation President and Founder, Andrew Manatos

Master of Ceremonies: Television Jounalist and Author Chris Matthews

Opening Remarks By:

  • Vice President of the United States Joe Biden [via video]
  • Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) [via video]
  • Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus [via video]

Dinner served

Honorees:

  • Oxi Day Award:
    • Video presentation on the story of Oxi Day
    • Introduction by National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman
    • Award received by Jamel Battaieb on behalf of the people of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia
  • Oxi Day Battle of Crete Award:
    • Video presentation of the story of the Battle of Crete
    • Introduction by Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY)
    • Award accepted [via video] by Aung San Suu Kyi
    • Award received by US Campaign for Burma Co-Founder and Executive Director Aung Din

Closing Remarks:

  • Foreign Minister of Greece Stavros Lambrinidis
  • Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Friday, October 28, 2011

10:00 am
Oxi Day Doxology
[St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th St, NW]

  • Presided over by Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

10:30 am
Presentation of the Oxi Day Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award
[St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th St, NW]

Greeting: Washington Oxi Day Foundation President and Founder, Andrew Manatos

Opening Remarks: Former United States Senator Paul Sarbanes

Honoree:

  • Introduced by Former US Ambassador to Greece Tom Miller
  • Award received by Greek Foreign Ministry’s Director of Diplomatic and Historical Archives, Photini Tomai

Concluding Remarks:

  • Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

 

3:00 pm
Wreath-Laying Ceremony
[Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers]

3:00 pm    Delegation gathers for picture (Display Room)

3:15 pm    Wreath laying ceremony

End of First Annual Washington Oxi Day Celebration