Our Saint Sophia Cathedral Community has decided to embark on a project to commemorate Veterans from our parish who served in our military services since World War I. This includes Veterans of Greek and Cypriot Armed Forces. We ask all current parish members to help us identify the names and accomplishments of veterans so that we may include them in a Commemorative Veterans Album which we plan to make available to all our parishioners, as well as others who may request it. Other parishes have honored their Veterans with albums, ceremonies and plaques inscribed with Veterans’ names, and it is now Saint Sophia Cathedral’s turn to do likewise and honor her Veterans. We plan to do so with the highest possible standards and honors.
This task will require the cooperation and the efforts of all of us. It will demand a considerable investment in time to research records, examine artifacts, and review personal, as well as official, archives. We may even have to ask some of our elder members to reach back into memory and confirm information about relatives and friends. The effort is not tied to a specific timetable. We prefer to “get it right,” rather than meet a specific deadline. Our Veterans’ sacrifices should be acknowledged so that future generations can appreciate their example and commitment.
The attached Form is our starting point. Every parishioner who has, or had, a service member in his or her family, or has a friend or relative who served in the military should make every effort to fill in as much of the requested information as possible. The Form can also be found on the Saint Sophia website under “Ministries”. Click on “Volunteers”, and then go to “Veterans” and to “Saint Sophia Veterans Album-Request for Data”. For Veterans of Greek and Cypriot Armed forces use the Form found under Click for Addendum. You may download it, fill it in, and then e-mail it to the email@example.com. Send hard copies of your completed form to the Saint Sophia Office marked: Attention “Veterans Album”.
Our Saint Sophia website highlights the Veterans Album effort under this special banner. Further information and progress reports about the Veterans Album effort will be posted under this special Banner.
When we complete this effort, we expect to account for all the names of Saint Sophia members who served in the military since World War I. We are counting on our current members to help us make this noble aim a reality.
Please call Demo Kolaras (Home: 703-847-9493), (Work: 202-777-1408), or send him an e-mail with any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click Here to view the list of Veterans as of February 17, 2014.
SAINT SOPHIA VETERANS COMMEMORATIVE ALBUM
We appreciate the continued efforts of many parishioners who have furnished us with their family Veterans information. As of February 17th, 2014, we received the names of 322 Veterans. The list of names can be reviewed in the Veterans website or the Auditorium Bulletin Boards.
Many of the submissions are names without Veterans Data or a picture. Parish members are requested to review the posted names and check the precise spelling of each Veteran’s name. In addition, we request your help with names opposite which we noted “Need Data” or “Need Picture”. Family members or friends should complete the Veterans Form (available in the website or at the Veterans Album Bulletin Board) and submit them to the Church office.
With the deadline extension to June 6th’, we should be able to capture all the names of those who served in our country’s Armed Forces.