Upper Darby, PA – May 19th is a significant day of remembrance for the Pontian Greek Genocide (1913-1922), an event commemorated by the Pontian Akritai of Philadelphia, whose clubhouse is located just a few blocks away from the gathering. This somber occasion brought together members of the community and guests to honor the memory of those who perished during this tragic period in history.

The Pontian Greek Genocide, which occurred during and after World War I, resulted in the systematic extermination of Pontian Greeks by the Ottoman Empire. The atrocities included massacres, forced deportations, and death marches, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Pontian Greeks and the displacement of many more from their ancestral homelands in the Pontus region of modern-day Turkey.

The memorial service, a deeply moving and reflective event, began immediately following church services. Attendees gathered to participate in prayers, listen to speeches, and reflect on the historical significance of the genocide. The commemoration serves not only as a tribute to the victims but also as a reminder of the resilience of the Pontian Greek community and the importance of preserving their history and cultural heritage.