About The Washington OXY DAY Foundation

Each year, the Foundation carries out its signature event — the Annual Washington Oxi Day Celebration. This event brings together senior US policymakers and other international opinion leaders and influential Washingtonians, along with prominent Greek-American leaders.

WE AIM TO

  1. Commemorate the day Greece refused to surrender, and proceeded to inflict a fatal wound that brought down the Axis Forces in WWII;
  1. Celebrate modern heroes of freedom and democracy who today display the “Oxi Day Spirit” for freedom and democracy;
  2. Improve the perception of Greece today.

This celebration, which spans two days and annually attracts over 400 participants, features the following major events.

Black Tie Dinner and Presentation of Oxi Day Awards

Includes presentation of Oxi Day Award and Oxi Day Battle of Crete Award with $5,000 cash prizes, honoring a man and women who today take courageous action to promote or protect freedom and democracy. Honorees have included Nobel Laureate and Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi (in 2011) and blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng (in 2012).

Black Tie Dinner and Presentation of Oxi Day Awards

Includes presentation of Oxi Day Award and Oxi Day Battle of Crete Award with $5,000 cash prizes, honoring a man and women who today take courageous action to promote or protect freedom and democracy. Honorees have included Nobel Laureate and Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi (in 2011) and blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng (in 2012).

Educating National and International Policymakers and Opinion Leaders

Through the Annual Celebration
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Over 300 policymakers and opinion leaders are invited each year to nominate individuals for the Foundations awards and $5,000 prizes. Through this process they learn about Oxi Day and Greece’s role in inflicting a fatal wound that brought down the Axis Forces.

Those invited to nominate included Members of Congress and Senators, White House and State Department officials, researchers at think tanks and universities, Jewish community leaders, heads of major nonprofit human rights and democracy organizations and members of the media.

Through the Annual Celebration
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Over 300 policymakers and opinion leaders are invited each year to nominate individuals for the Foundations awards and $5,000 prizes. Through this process they learn about Oxi Day and Greece’s role in inflicting a fatal wound that brought down the Axis Forces.

Those invited to nominate included Members of Congress and Senators, White House and State Department officials, researchers at think tanks and universities, Jewish community leaders, heads of major nonprofit human rights and democracy organizations and members of the media.

Through the Annual Celebration
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Over 300 policymakers and opinion leaders are invited each year to nominate individuals for the Foundations awards and $5,000 prizes. Through this process they learn about Oxi Day and Greece’s role in inflicting a fatal wound that brought down the Axis Forces.

Those invited to nominate included Members of Congress and Senators, White House and State Department officials, researchers at think tanks and universities, Jewish community leaders, heads of major nonprofit human rights and democracy organizations and members of the media.

Through the Annual Celebration
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Over 300 policymakers and opinion leaders are invited each year to nominate individuals for the Foundations awards and $5,000 prizes. Through this process they learn about Oxi Day and Greece’s role in inflicting a fatal wound that brought down the Axis Forces.

Those invited to nominate included Members of Congress and Senators, White House and State Department officials, researchers at think tanks and universities, Jewish community leaders, heads of major nonprofit human rights and democracy organizations and members of the media.

Educating National and International Policymakers and Opinion Leaders

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Through the Production and Distribution of Education DVD to 
Greek Orthodox Churches

The Foundation produced an 18-minute video called The Story of Oxi Day, which tells the story of Greece’s actions in WWII and features His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios recalling his experience as a boy living in Greece during the war.

This video, and accompanying materials, were distributed to over 450 Greek Orthodox churches across the country for use in their youth programming. The Foundation received numerous thank you notes from priests who used the DVDs and requests for additional copies.

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Creating an Oxi Day Online Presence

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Creating OxiDayFoundation.org – A website for all things Oxi!

In 2011, the Foundation launched its website www.OxiDayFoundation.org, which features fact sheets and educational materials about Greece’s impact on World War II, 5-minute videos which the Foundation produced on the history of Oxi Day and the WWII Battle of Crete and its Hall of Heroes, which includes profiles of Greek and Greek-American WWII veterans submitted by the public. The site is a great source for those seeking information on Oxi Day and has become the second entry (after Wikipedia) when you Google “Oxi”.

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Creating OxiDayFoundation.org – A website for all things Oxi!

In 2011, the Foundation launched its website www.OxiDayFoundation.org, which features fact sheets and educational materials about Greece’s impact on World War II, 5-minute videos which the Foundation produced on the history of Oxi Day and the WWII Battle of Crete and its Hall of Heroes, which includes profiles of Greek and Greek-American WWII veterans submitted by the public. The site is a great source for those seeking information on Oxi Day and has become the second entry (after Wikipedia) when you Google “Oxi”.

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Creating OxiDayFoundation.org – A website for all things Oxi!

In 2011, the Foundation launched its website www.OxiDayFoundation.org, which features fact sheets and educational materials about Greece’s impact on World War II, 5-minute videos which the Foundation produced on the history of Oxi Day and the WWII Battle of Crete and its Hall of Heroes, which includes profiles of Greek and Greek-American WWII veterans submitted by the public. The site is a great source for those seeking information on Oxi Day and has become the second entry (after Wikipedia) when you Google “Oxi”.

Sharing the Oxi Day Story with the Public via Media Outreach

Through the International Media

The Foundation has shared the Oxi Day story with hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world through coverage of its activities and award recipients in multiple international publications and websites including: Voice of America; Radio Free Asia; Chinese dissident websites including ChinaAid and Jasmine Revolution; and multiple Pakistani publications including the Associated Press of Pakistan.

Through the Greek-American Media

The Foundation has reached hundreds of thousands of Greek-American individuals through coverage of its annual celebration and activities in the Greek-American publications. The Foundation invites the Greek-American media to participate in its events and routinely updates them on its activities.

Strengthening Relations with Community of Greek and Greek-American Organizations

Although our Foundation may lead the effort, we believe the story of Oxi Day belongs to all those of Greek heritage and everyone should be invited to be part of sharing it. We’re stronger when we work together. That’s why we have made a concerted effort to involve in our celebration other Hellenic Organizations including: the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, AHEPA, the American Hellenic Institute, the American Hellenic Council of California, the Hellenic American Leadership Council, the Hellenic American Women’s Council, the Pan-Cretan Association of America, the Pan-Cyprian Association of America, as well as the Greek and Cypriot Ambassadors to the U. S. and their Embassies.

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