2012 Schedule of Events



October 24-25, 2012, Washington, DC


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

9:00 a.m.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony [Registration Required]
[Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier]

 9:10  Delegation gathers for picture (Display Room)

 9:25  Wreath laying ceremony

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


  • Antonios Kounalakis, on behalf of Greek WWII Veterans
  • Brig. Gen. Mike Cokinos (in absentia), on behalf of Greek-American WWII Veterans
  • The Hon. Ben Gilman, on behalf of American WWII Veterans

Guest of Honor: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Master of Ceremonies: Assistant Secretary of Defense Zachary Lemnios



Thursday, October 25, 2012

10:00 am
Metropolitan Chrysostomos Award Presentation [Registration Required]
[Historic Synagogue at 6th and I Streets, NW]

Event Co-Host: American Jewish Committee

HonoreeElie Wiesel (by videotape)

Presented by: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

2:30 pm
Roundtable Discussion with Scholar re: Greece’s role in WWII [By Invitation Only]
[US Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, West Board Room, 5th Floor]

Scholar: Dr. Andre Gerolymatos, Director and Professor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)

Introduction by: Tom Korologos, US Institute for Peace International Advisory Council

Sponsored by: Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA)

7:00 pm
Black Tie Banquet and Presentation of the Oxi Day Awards [Tickets Required]
[Willard InterContinental Hotel; 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW]

6:00 pm    General Reception

7:00 pm    Dinner begins


  • Oxi Day Award Recipient Chen Guangcheng (China)
    • Presented by National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman
  • Oxi Day Battle of Crete Award Recipient Dr. Fouzia Saeed(Pakistan)
    • Presented by US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer

Keynote Speaker: the United States’ first Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte


Transportation to events will be provided from the Willard InterContinental Hotel