The celebration of March 25th, Greek Independence Day, was held at the State Capitol in Albany on March 22 with six honorees from the Greek-American community, including two Ahepans, honored for their contributions.

Among those present for the celebration were AHEPA Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas, members of the New York State Senate and Assembly of Greek descent, the Consul Generals of Greece and Cyprus in New York, Dinos Konstantinou and Michalis Firillas, respectively, and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

The Order of AHEPA was honored to be a part of this special day, according to a statement via email. Past Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas, Supreme Governor Ted Stamas, District Governor 6 Dean Moskos, and many AHEPA members from across New York State also attended.

During the Greek Heritage Celebration on March 22, marking the 202nd anniversary of Greece’s Independence hosted by the NYS Senate and Assembly, Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris, Senators Andrew Gounardes and James Skoufis, and Assemblymen Michael Tannousis and John Lemondes, six Greek-Americans were honored for the special role they play in the fabric of our state’s communities: Philip Christopher, Jim Tampakis, Andy and Kalliope Chronopoulos, Despina Ioannou Axiotakis, and Colonel Ted Limpert.

AHEPA was proud that two of the six honorees are members: Philip Christopher of Gus Cherevas Estia-Pindus Flushing Chapter 32 and Colonel Ted Limpert of Syracuse Chapter 37.