According to the Times, Greek Americans remembered the Greek Genocide of 1914-1923 with memorial services for the first time on both the East and West Coast, a letter from the Hellenic League of America informs.
On September 18th, the Asia Minor Holocaust Memorial Observance Committee, headed by Archon Bill Theodosakis, held their annual commemoration of the Greek Holocaust at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church in Brooklyn New York.
This year’s commemoration saw a large influx of Greeks from across the tri-state area joining with local parishioners to observe the memorial service and listen to guest speaker Prof. Michael Stratis.
The annual commemoration, which normally goes unnoticed by the greater Greek American community, inspired for the first time another such memorial service to be held in California. Also on Sept 18th, St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Stockton, CA, organized their own memorial service to remember the victims of the Asia Minor Catastrophe in solidarity with services held in Brooklyn.
It is the hope of the Hellenic League of America to expand memorial services in Greek Orthodox Churches in 2012.