Dear Presidents of the AHEPA Family Chapters in the Washington Area,
This year, as in years past, the AHEPA Family will continue the traditional wreath laying at the graves of 550 Hellenes and Phil-Hellenes interred at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreath laying is scheduled on Saturday May 27th, 2017 and will be carried out by the Washington Area AHEPA Family members who have undertaken this solemn task every year since 1949. The wreath laying requires advance assignment of volunteers to specific Cemetery Regions consistent with the number of grave sites identified in each Region. This facilitates the orderly conduct of the preparations as well as the actual wreath laying and should minimize confusion and uncertainty.
We urge all AHEPA, Daughters , Sons and Maids members to participate in this patriotic event. Please e-mail me or call me with the names of volunteers by Friday May 19th 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 703- 847-9493 (H), 703-915-1621 (C). Volunteers will be assigned based on the names provided by the Chapter Presidents. Members who commit to this event, are expected to present themselves to conduct the Wreath Laying on Saturday, May 27th. This will prevent last minute volunteers who cause confusion, unnecessary requests for instructions and delay all those who arrive well informed and prepared to carry out the task.
This year, the Leaders of each Region are asked to collect the wreaths and the instruction binders for their Region from St Sophia Cathedral on Thursday afternoon or on Friday May 25th and 26th. The Leaders are expected to review the Wreath Laying procedures with their respective volunteers using the attached Arlington Cemetery Briefing, well before we arrive at the Cemetery. They should also assign volunteers to specific Cemetery Sections within their Region. Spreadsheet assignments of volunteers will be communicated to the Leaders well before we conduct the event. We anticipate that the Cemetery authorities may restrict the number of vehicles permitted entry to the Cemetery. Leaders are encouraged to use the parking lots at Saint Sophia Cathedral, at Saint Constantine and Helen, and at St. Katherine to promote carpooling.
All wreath laying volunteers will meet near the entrance to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Drive, adjacent to the SEA BEE Memorial at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27th. After last minute instructions and picture taking, we will proceed to the Cemetery equipped with the wreaths to carry out our solemn task.
Following conclusion of our wreath laying, AHEPA Chapter 438 will be hosting all the wreath laying volunteers at a luncheon and fellowship at Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Fall Church.
We look forward to everyone’s participation.
Demosthenes N. Kolaras
Secretary, AHEPA Chapter 31