Steven RosenbergKyriakos “Kary” Andrinopoulos may have been born in Greece but his heart has always been red, white and blue.
Earlier this year, Andrinopoulos was elected honorary mayor of Danvers in a contest supported by the Danvers Rotary Club. On Sunday, Sept. 11, he will hold a special memorial ceremony for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack in front of the restaurant he co-owns, New Brothers, in Danvers Square.
This is the third consecutive year Andrinopoulos has held the 9/11 memorial in front of the restaurant. For the previous seven years, he held a small ceremony inside his Peabody home. The memorial will feature music by a barbershop quartet, and remarks by local clergy, American Legion leaders, and Charles Desmond, chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
“I feel like I have to do something,” said Andrinopoulos, who has also received the "Outstanding Contributions to Americanism" award from the American Legion.
“I want people to remember the victims,” he said, pointing to a photo of Karen A. Martin that hangs in his deli. Martin, a Danvers resident, was a flight crew member of American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed in to one of the twin towers ten years ago.
The ceremony will end with a moment of silence for the victims and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.