A 28-year-old Greek American obtained a Greek passport just to serve the country of his ancestors as an Evzone, a member of the famous Presidential Guard.
Andreas Holevas, born and raised in Pennsylvania, said that he wanted to become an Evzone just like his grandfather. “I wanted to be as prosperous as my grandfather,” he noted.
“Last year I did all the procedures to become officially a Greek citizen, I got a Greek passport and in January 2020 I enrolled to the Greek army,” he told the National Herald.
“After I took the oath at Soufli (a town near the border with Turkey at Evros), I managed to make my dream come true and join the Presidential Guard,” he added.
The offspring of Greek immigrants to the United States in the 1960s, Holevas was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1992.
The homeland is deeply rooted in the family, and the photograph of his grandfather, Georgios Holevas, his paternal grandfather, who also served in the Presidential Guard in the late 1930s, is placed in a a prominent place on Andreas’ Facebook page.
Commenting on the photo, Holevas says:
“To the right is a picture of my grandfather as a Kings Guard! Unfortunately, my family never had the chance to meet him! So I took it upon myself to honour him by following in his footsteps as a Presidential Guard! My journey has been full of ups and downs, but I’ll never regret my decision. Along the way I’ve bonded and created a family that can never be broken! The life of a evzone can never be understood by anyone, only by the very few who have the honour of serving as a evzone!
“Once an evzone, always an evzone.”