Archons Honor Admiral James Stavridis
Constantine S. Sirigos
Admiral James Stavrides accepts the Athenagoras Human Rights Award at the annual Archon banquet in New York for himself, and in behalf of the members of the Armed Forces of the U.S. Seen L-R: Archbishop Demetrios, Admiral Stavridis, George Stephanopoulosand Dr. Anthony Limberakis.
To exclamations of axios, axios, axios the Admiral, who serves as the current Commander of the U.S. European Command and as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe was award the Athengoras Human Rights award by Archbiohop Demetrios of America. The award was intended as both a personal tribute to the Admiral and, in the words of Master of Ceremonies George Stephanopoulos, an acknowledgement of “the sacrifice and achievements of our American armed forces.”
When George Tenet asked Gorbachov if he could ever imagine, a former president of the Soviet Union to be honored by a former director of the CIA
Archon Great Orator Gorbachev
CIA’s former Director George Tenet and Archbishop Demetrios of America present Athenagoras Human Rights Award to the last President of the Soviet Union
New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev was honored with the Athenagoras Human Rights Award, by the Order of St Andrew of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Award was presented to Chairman Gorbachev, by Archbishop Demetrios of America and Commander of the Order Dr. Anthony Limberakis, on Saturday, October 22, at the annual banquet of the Archons Order of St. Andrew.
Greek American former Director of the CIA George Tenet, served as Master of Ceremonies of the banquet.
Established in 1986, the Athenagoras Award honors Patriarch Athenagoras who served as Archbishop of the Americas for 18 years before being elected Ecumenical Patriarch in 1948. Previous recipients of the award include Archbishop Iakovos, President Jimmy Carter, President George H.W. Bush, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and Elie Wiesel.
Present at the ceremony were hundreds of archons from around the country, the ambassadors of Greece, Cyprus and Russian Federation to the US, as well as President Bush’s Homeland Security advisor, Francis Frangos – Townsend, a Greek American.
Introducing the last president of the Soviet Union, George Tenet asked him if he could ever imagine, a former president of the Soviet Union to be honored by a former director of the CIA.
“The President has a file on me and I have a file on him”, said to the enjoyment of the audience.