This year’s annual celebration of the October 28 anniversary was grandly celebrated by Greek-Americans in the 2-day events in Washington. The newly composed Washington Oxi Day Foundation organized all events of the celebrations, which commenced at the Monument of World War II in a square of the American capital city.
The importance of the Oxi Day anniversary was underlined by many prominent official figures, such as the Archbishop of America Demetrios. According to His Eminence, the 28th of October is one of the biggest national days for the Greek people all over the world. “It equals to the 25th of March. It was a day of liberation and victory against a Goliath power. The Greeks have done their best to contribute to the Axis Powers final defeat”
One of the persons honored at this year’s celebrations was Senator Bob Dole, who has not only joined the army against the Axis Powers but has also suffered severe injuries during one fight. Additionally, 97-year-old Panayiotis Sakellaris was also awarded for his contribution and personal sacrifice for the ideal of freedom during the 1940s war. Mr. Sakellaris travelled from Athens to Washington especially for the Oxi Day celebrations and his award.