President Joe Biden highlighted on Thursday the forgotten story of Greece’s #OXIcourage which he learned through his participation with the Washington Oxi Day Foundation.
In his video released to mark the anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, he said:
“For 200 years our nations’ fates have been intertwined. Young people from the newly-formed United States joined Greeks in their fight to defend democracy and individual freedom.
“And when Axis powers were on the march in Europe in WWII, the Greeks bravely said NO and joined us in the fight for universal rights.”
President Biden added:
“I have seen up close the courage, strength and character of the Greek and Greek-American communities.”
President Biden – as Queen Elizabeth’s consort Prince Philip, renowned musician Bono and others with audiences of millions have done as well – has highlighted the impactful work of the Washington Oxi Day Foundation.
Biden and the illustrious list of Oxi Day Foundation Recipients
In a statement, the Washington Oxi Day Foundation expresses its pride that Oxi Courage Award recipient President Biden joins numerous other world leaders that the Foundation has engaged in its first ten years who have given a rebirth to Greece’s greatest moment in modern history.
In October of 2016 then-Vice President Biden, along with his son Beau (posthumously), were honored at the Oxi Courage and Service Awards in Washington, DC.
Others honored by the Foundation include:
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, renowned musician and humanitarian Bono, former President Bill Clinton, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who have nominated and introduced a number of honorees; American icons astronaut and former Senator John Glenn and former Congressman John Lewis; world leaders including former President of Israel Shimon Peres and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel; TIME Magazine persons of the year, journalists Maria Ressa and Jamal Khashoggi; journalist and documentary filmmaker James Foley; and pro-democracy activists including twice-poisoned Russian Vladimir Kara-Murza and North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho, among others.
The Foundation says that his work has been made possible by the generous support of a number philanthropic Hellenes, including:
The Michael and Mary Jaharis family; the Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation; Jim Chanos; Libra Group and the Logothetis Family; Dennis Mehiel; George Marcus; Michael Psaros; John P. Calamos; the James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the Vasilios S. and Aphrodite B. Haseotes Family Foundation; James and Zoe Moshovitis; the Stephen G. Yeonas family; the Spyropoulos family; Maria Allwin; Danialle and Pete Karmanos; and the Metropoulos Family Foundation, among others.