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Honoring Greek American 9/11 Victims

Nearly 3,000 people died when terrorists flew two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Among the victims were thirty-eight Greek Americans. Two of the victims were crew members of the planes and the remaining were in the twin towers. At approximately 4:00 pm. Archbishop Demetrios proceeded to the site of the destroyed St. Nicholas Church for a Memorial Service for the victims’ families and survivors.

The list below contains the Greek American victims.  Please note some are believed to be Greek because of their surnames.  The list was issued by the New York City Coroner’s office and provided to Greek Reporter by Aktina radio.

Joanne Marie Ahladiotis 27

Ernest Alifakos 43

Arlene T. Babakitis 47

Katherine Bantis 48

Peter Brennan 30

Thomas A. Damaskinos 33

Anthony Demas 61

Constantine (Gus) Economos 41

Michael J. Elferis 27

Ana Fosteris 58

Jimmy Grekiotis

Kenneth G. Grouzalis 56

Steven M. Hagis 31

Vasilios G. Haramis 56

Nicholas John 42

John Katsimatides 31

Danielle Kousoulis 29

Thomas Kuveikis 48

James Maounis 42

Philip William Mastrandrea, Jr 42

George Merkouris 35

Stilianos Mousouroulis—-

Peter C. Moutos 44

Nikos Papadopoulos/Papas 29

James N. Pappageorge 29

George Paris 33

Theodoros Pigis 60

Daphne Pouletsos 47

Richard N. Poulos 55

Stephen E. Poulos 45

Anthony Savas 72

Muriel Fay Siskopoulos 60

Timothy Patrick Soulas 35

Andrew Stergiopoulos 23

Michael C. Tarrou 38

Michael Theodoridis 32

William P. Tselepis 33

Jennifer Tzemis 26

Prokopios Paul Zois 46

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church:

St. Nicholas Church was the only religious edifice destroyed in the 9/11 attacks and it is still unknown if the port authority will give the space desired to be rebuilt.

On September 11, 2001 the barbaric attack not only destroyed the majestic Twin Towers but also the tiny yet historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The Greek Church was located south of the second tower of the World Trade Center. In the aftermath of its destruction very little survived from St. Nicholas.  Surviving items include two icons of St. Dionysios of Zakynthos and the Zoodochos Pege, along with a few liturgical items, a book, and candles.

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