26th Anniversary Army Day Celebration

On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the 26th anniversary of the establishment of Armenia’s National Army was celebrated with a special event held under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia and organized by the Armenian Society of Los Angeles. The honored guests were Marat Petrossyan and Narek Malkhasyan, young heroes of the four-day Artsakh war.

The evening began with a private reception and press conference, which on behalf of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian attended. Alongside congratulatory and laudatory remarks addressed to the army, Mr. Artsrun Hovannisyan, Press Secretary of Armenia’s Ministry of Defense, highlighted the brave service and important role of the two heroes during the war and answered questions posed by attendees. Fr. Ghevont conveyed the Prelate’s blessings and in his message reflected on the collaborative efforts of the Armenian people, church, and army in defense of our homeland and heritage, citing the example of Vartan Mamigonian and Ghevont Yerets from the Battle of Avarayr, the Battle of Sardarabad one hundred years ago, and the ongoing defense of Artsakh today.

A public celebration followed, which was attended by Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian on behalf of the Prelate. The program began with national anthems and prayer, and continued with remarks and cultural performances.
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