Over One Thousand Students Commemorate the Armenian Genocide at the Montebello Martyrs Monument

On Friday, April 6, 2018, over 1,200 students from eleven Southern California Armenian schools gathered at the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument in Montebello to collectively demand justice for the Armenian Genocide and honor the memory of our 1.5 million holy martyrs, with over 700 students marching to the Monument from the campus of Armenian Mesrobian School. Clergy from the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, and Evangelical Churches, as well as principals and teachers participated in the gathering. Holy Cross Cathedral Dean Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Parish Pastor Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambourian took part in the service.

The program began with the invocation led by Fr. Muron, followed by the Lord’s Prayer, the singing of the hymn dedicated to our martyrs, a special prayer, and the singing of “Lord have mercy.” Remarks were delivered by Mesrobian School Principal Mr. David Ghoogasian and Fr. Muron urging the youth to always remain faithful to the legacy of our martyrs and to defend and uphold our faith, heritage, and cause. The program also included remarks and presentations by students and the placing of wreaths. Afterwards, singer Krisdapor Arabian, accompanied by Greg Hosharian and his band, presented patriotic songs.

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