By Nick Stamatakis
Great new steps of progress by the American Philhellenes Society ( will culminate in the dedication ceremony of the monument in Aurora Illinois on September 25, 2021.  The monument is almost complete as you can see in the main photo (and the one below).  This event will be one of the best-organized events celebrating the 200 years of the Greek Revolution in the most appropriate way: by emphasizing the contributions of American Philellhenes to the Struggle of the enslaved Greek people for independence.  Georgia and Peter Nikolopoulos are the heart of the American Philellhenes Society and have been planning for his momentous event for many years.
One major obstacle to the progress of the whole project was the incomprehensible actions of the Greek Consul in Chicago – no need to go back enumerating them now.  Thankfully, she will be replaced by the new consul, Mr. Manolis Koumbarakis at the beginning of July and we are all hoping the cooperation will improve. Below more photos of the monument.
Also, a few weeks ago the American Philehellens Society announced the winners of the American Philhellenes Society Essay Program:

1st Place – Peter Maroutsos (Hellenic Academy)

2nd Place – Konstantina Limberatos and Irini Metaxas (Athena Hellenic Schools)

3rd Place – Peter Kontos (Pythagoras Greek School)

We applaud all these young people for their hard work and enthusiasm.  In fact, the decision was so difficult that, a third prize was added. A reception for the winners, their parents, and teachers was held on May 29, 2021 at Mykonos Restaurant in Niles, IL.

The group picture left to right:  Georgia Nikolopoulos, Irini Metaxas, Konstantina Limberatos, Peter Kontos, Peter Maroutsos, Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.

Again, congratulations to these amazing young people and their hard-working parents and teachers.


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