Remembering the Greek-American Fallen Heroes of 9/11

Today marks eighteen years since the cowardly, devastating 9/11 attacks in New York City. The communities around the US are commemorating their fallen heroes, along with the rest of the country.

Of the nearly 3000 people that perished on September 11, 2001 – a day that will never be forgotten – 39 were Greek-Americans. Today, 18 years later, the grim memories remain intense for the families of those unjustly lost and for all of those who believe in freedom and peace.

Below is the list of the Greek-American victims (some believed to be Greek because of their names) issued by the New York City Coroner’s office.

Joanne Marie Ahladiotis, 27
Ernest Alifakos, 43
Arlene T. Babakitis, 47
Katherine Bantis, 48
Peter Brennan, 30
Thomas A. Damaskinos, 33
Anthony Demas, 61
Constantine (Gus) Economos, 41
Michael J. Elferis, 27
Ana Fosteris, 58
Jimmy Grekiotis
Kenneth G. Grouzalis, 56
Steven M. Hagis, 31
Vasilios G. Haramis, 56
Nicholas John, 42
John Katsimatides, 31
Danielle Kousoulis, 29
Thomas Kuveikis, 48
James Maounis, 42
Philip William Mastrandrea, Jr 42
George Merkouris, 35
Stilianos Mousouroulis
Peter C. Moutos, 44
Nikos Papadopoulos/Papas, 29
James N. Pappageorge, 29
George Paris, 33
Theodoros Pigis, 60
Daphne Pouletsos, 47
Richard N. Poulos, 55
Stephen E. Poulos, 45
Anthony Savas, 72
Muriel Fay Siskopoulos, 60
Timothy Patrick Soulas, 35
Andrew Stergiopoulos, 23
Michael C. Tarrou, 38
Michael Theodoridis, 32
William P. Tselepis, 33
Jennifer Tzemis, 26
Prokopios Paul Zois, 46

Rebuilding St. Nicholas Shrine

A Greek Orthodox church which was the only place of worship to be destroyed in the attacks, is taking shape again next to the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. It will glow at night like a marble beacon of light when it opens sometime next year. It also will mark another step in the long rebuilding of New York’s Ground Zero.

The St. Nicholas National Shrine, designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, will replace the tiny church that was crushed by the trade center’s south tower on September 11, 2001.

The new church will give Greek Orthodox believers a place to worship, while also welcoming visitors of any faith who would like to reflect on the lives lost in the terrorist attacks and pay homage to their memory.