Prelate Delivers Invocation at Navasartian Victory Ball

On Sunday, July 1st, 2018, the 43rd Navasartian Games Victory Ball was held at the Beverly Hilton. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended and delivered the invocation. He was accompanied by Archpriest Fr. Vazken Atmajian. H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General, Central Executive member Mr. Gaidzag Zetlian, Executive Council Chair Mr. Garo Eshgian and members were in attendance.

The program began with the flag ceremony by Homenetmen scouts, followed by the national anthems. The Prelate began his invocation by thanking God for the opportunity to come together on this centennial of the first Republic of Armenia to celebrate Homenetmen on its centennial anniversary. His Eminence saluted and commended the Homenetmen family, the Central Executive, Regional Executive, Scouting Council, and local chapters who work together in the spirit of love and brotherhood for the wellbeing of our youth and the preservation of our heritage. He prayed for the Lord to bless the devoted members of Homenetmen with many more healthy years to carry on the organization’s worthy mission and to bless and protect and young scouts and athletes as they develop into our leaders of tomorrow. The Prelate commended this year’s Honorary President, Mr. and Mrs. Hamlet and Greta Chraghchian, and Exemplary Homenetmen member Mr. Koko Balian for their decades-long dedicated service and valuable contributions to our national life, as well as the past honorary presidents and exemplary members, sponsors, donors, and friends.

The program continued with welcoming remarks by Mr. Charles Ghailian. The Homenetmen Western Region’s message was delivered by Chairman Mr. Manuel Marselian. Guests viewed two videos on the history of Homenetmen and of the Navasartian Games. Mr. Koko Balian was honored with a plaque as the 2018 Homenetmen Western U.S. Exemplary Member. The ribbon ceremony followed, with this year’s Honorary President Mr. and Mrs. Hamlet and Greta Chraghchian receiving the ribbon from last year’s Honorary President, Mr. and Mrs. Vicken and Nono Apelian. The official program concluded with the centennial ceremony, which featured a candle-lighting and cake cutting by past and present Honorary Presidents.

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