On Sunday, October 30th, 2016 after the Divine Liturgy and Artoclasia with a special celebration of our AHEPA Local chapter Ypsilanti 118, Greek School celebrated OXI DAY. This holiday commemorates the Greek Premier Ioannis Metaxas, saying OXI-NO to the Axis Forces demanding Greek Surrender in the early morning hours of October 28th, 1940. The proud and brave Greek Army pushed them deep into Italy dominated Albania. The entire world was shocked by the Greek bravery, little Greece stood up to the giants where other countries were surrendering one after another. Every year the 28th of October 1940 is celebrated as a National Holiday in Greece and abroad where Greeks live, to remind us of the OXI DAY. This is the day the Greeks rejected the Italian ultimatum, fought for freedom and justice and won against all odds. Winston Churchill’s words at the time were from now on we are not going to say that Greeks fight like heroes, but heroes fight like the Greeks. Our main speakers for the day were Joyce Anagnos, an attorney for the City of Toledo, parish church board secretary for many years, and presently as District Governor for the Daughters of Penelope and Mrs. Dawn Anagnos teacher and Instructor in Greek who both gave us a beautiful and informative speech. Many thanks and God Bless you Joyce. Our Exapteriga bearers were Nicholas Legakis, Jackson Bollin and Nick Maget. Thank you boys. Our flag bearers were Elliot Fonseca, Theodora Mitsopoulos and Marianna Temple who proudly led the procession with the American, Greek and Cypriot flags. After the Doxology and singing the Greek and American National Anthems, the Greek School students recited poems and sang songs about the OXI DAY and the commemoration of the Greek Flag. Warmest congratulations to our participants, Theodora Mitsopoulos, Marianna Temple, Vasilia and Lukia Legakis and Savvas Moraitis. Hronia Polla to Theodoras Mitsopoulos, Pappou Dimitrios for his name day. Many thanks also go to our photographers John and Catherine Andujar and George and Joyce Anagnos for taking and developing our beautiful pictures.
God Bless you all and Happy Holidays.