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We Remember

Charles James PappasBalkan War - In October 1912 the Balkan War started between Greece and Turkey. Numerous Greek-born citizens of New Haven volunteered to go to Greece in defense of their homeland. Some died, and others, for various reasons, did not return to America. We honor Mr. Andrew Miller (Malliaris) as a representative of all those who chose to aid in the defense of Greece, but whose names, unfortunately, have been lost through the years.

World War I - In 1917 when America became involved in World War I many young Greek-Americans quickly answered the call to defend their new country. Their support was rewarded by the American government with the privilege of full citizenship, and with numerous other benefits. Some were wounded and others permanently disabled. Vassilios Pappis and Costas G. Zaracovitis were two casualties of this war.

Nicholas LoukidesWorld War Two - December 7, l941, the day of the laying of the cornerstone of the Dwight Street church, the United States entry into WW II was forced by the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese bombers. Once again, Americans of Greek ancestry were called to arms, and before the end of the war more than 116 New Haven boys proudly wore the uniforms of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Again, as is the price of war, many were wounded and others disabled. Three of St. Barbara's servicemen lost their lives in WW II. Charles J. Pappas (top left picture) was killed in enemy action in 1945. Nicholas Loukides (middle right picture) was killed on an airplane-training mission, and George Viridakis died of an illness in 1942.

Greek-American youths have served in the U.S. armed forces continuously since the First World War. They have served in peacetime, in conflict, and even today, are involved in the defense of America. We proudly salute them and their efforts to preserve our great nation.

     
     
Rev. Father Peter J. Orfanakos, Parish Priest
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