Heroes of Saint Nicholas

On the morning of September 11, 2001, heroes emerged at Ground Zero – many of whom gave their lives. Since that fateful day, there have been contributions of enormous significance to the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. These are the Heroes of Saint Nicholas.

Every month, we will highlight a person who played a special role in making the National Shrine a reality. The gratitude of the Greek Orthodox Church toward these people is truly incalculable. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for what they have done to bring about the miraculous reconstruction of Saint Nicholas.

This month's Heroes of Saint Nicholas are The Family of A.G. and Faye Spanos - Read full announcement

Among those who helped in completing the construction of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine, the Alex and Faye Spanos Family stands out for the critical role they played in fulfilling the vision of erecting a monument to those who perished on September 11, 2001. Their commitment to this vision and their bold action to stand up and lend their support made it possible to complete the project.

The Spanos family story exemplifies the dream of every immigrant. Alex Spanos rose from very humble beginnings to become the top apartment builder across the nation and the owner of an NFL franchise. Born the son of Greek immigrants in 1923, his tireless work ethic and fearlessness to venture out in the world and find success was the embodiment of the American dream. He built a legacy of bold thinking, tireless drive, and a passion to help his community; and in the process he proved that dreams do come true. Continue reading this announcement

Heroes of Saint Nicholas Recipients