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Remembering the Lost Heroes of 9/11, Including 39 Greek-Americans

911 Anniversary

Of the nearly 3000 people that perished on September 11, 2001 – a day that will not be forgotten – 39 were Greek-Americans. Today, 14 years later, the grim memories remain intense by the families of those unjustly lost and by all who believe in freddom and peace.

On the occasion of the 9/11 anniversary, a series of events will be held across the country and at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to honor the memories of those lost, reminding us that being alive is a gift.

Below is the list with the Greek-American victims (some believed to be Greek because of their names) issued by the New York City Coroner’s office.

Names and ages are listed below.
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

Saint Nicholas Reconstruction Offers Hope for a Better Future

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, located south of the second tower of the World Trade Center. In the aftermath of its destruction, very little survived: two icons, one of St. Dionysios of Zakynthos and the other of the Zoodochos Pege, along with a few liturgical items, a book, and some candles.

Though small in stature, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was a place of ministry and worship both for its parishioners and also for local residents. A few days ago the Church’s reconstruction commenced offering hope for a better tomorrow and a victory of peace over terrorism. (Read full story and see photos)

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine, although destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 is now, with the grace of God, being resurrected at the new World Trade Center and it will soon rise like a glorious phoenix as a National Shrine and a place of pilgrimage for our Nation. It will be a place of faith, a place of peace and a place of solace and hope,” Archbishop Demetrios of America has commented on the church’s reconstruction in the heart of New York’s financial district.

Saint Nicholas RebuiltThe new Greek Orthodox Church, which is designed by world renown Spanish neo-futuristic architect, Santiago Calatrava, is being rebuilt only a short distance away from its original location, directly across from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.


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