Varoujan Koundakjian Awarded “Knight of Cilicia” Insignia


By the initiative of Asbarez Daily Armenian Newspaper, on the evening of Friday, May 16, 2014, a reception was held at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale in celebration of community activist Mr. Varoujan Koundakjian’s 80th birthday.  The event also served as an opportunity to honor Mr. Koundakjian’s decades-long service within the community.

H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended the event and expressed his commendation to Mr. Koundakjian, with whom he has over 30 years of friendship. His Eminence extolled Mr. Koundakjian’s kindheartedness and benevolence and conveyed his best wishes on his 80th birthday.  On behalf of His Holiness Aram I, the Prelate thus awarded Mr. Koundakjian the “Knight of Cilicia” insignia and Pontifical Encyclical.

In the Encyclical, His Holiness commended Mr. Koundakijan’s lifetime of service and dedication to the Armenian Church and people, spanning from the Western United States to Armenia, his moral and financial support, and valuable input and contributions to the advancement of our religious, cultural, and social institutions.

Mr. Koundakjian expressed gratitude to His Holiness for the honor and thanked the Prelate.

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