The 44-day Artsakh War added a new date, September 27, to the list of remembrance days of the Armenian people.
For already a year our nation has been living with inconsolable pain, not reconciling itself to the loss of a part of our homeland and best sons.
On the occasion of the anniversary of the war, today commemorative events are organized everywhere: those alive commemorate our martyred Armenians.
From the very first day of the war, many PAARA students, graduates and staff members left for Artsakh to defend the boundaries of our country, the peace and security of their loved ones. Unfortunately, five of them, our graduates Davit Baghdasaryan, Armen Babayan, Sevak Saghatelyan, Avetik Kartchikyan and staff member, photographer Harutyun Stepanyan are amongst our great losses.
To perpetuate their memory, the leadership of PAARA undertook an initiative, naming one of the classrooms after the fallen academicians and planting a spruce in the yard in their memory.
The relatives, parents, children, brothers, wives of the fallen academicians were invited to the commemoration ceremony, which was held in the classroom named after the immortals. In his address, Acting Rector of PAARA Khachatur Ghazeyan said, “I know that no one can ever replace our precious losses, no commemoration ceremony or event, no word of consolation can alleviate the grief of the relatives of martyrs. However, we can keep alive the memory of our immortal son, brother, husband, friend, live for them, with the memories of them, in our hearts cherishing the love towards those who left us consciously. I am sure that they live and will live in the memories of our generations. I wish you all health and the happiness of living in a free, independent and peaceful country. I am convinced that we, who are alive, have the dignity to deserve the precious blood shed by our precious victims.”
Khachatur Ghazeyan also wished that no Armenian would ever have to attend such an event.
Souvenirs of PAARA were handed to the relatives of the fallen academicians to find their place in the corners dedicated to the heroes.
The event was attended by the Spiritual Inspector of the Armenian Church Youth Organization World (ACYOWorld) and Director of the Central Office, Tovma Archimandrite Khachatryan. He addressed those present with words of consolation, expressing confidence that no Armenian had despaired of the ordeal since all the efforts of the enemy to break the Armenian spirit would be in vain.
“War is not solely a physical phenomenon,” he said. “At least in case of the Armenian people, it is the efforts to interrupt, to eliminate the historic mission of Armenians, their genetic memory and present, their relation to this land. However, all those attempts are doomed to failure today, as they were in the past.”
With silent timidity, the audience listened to the memories, PAARA teachers, Mrs Mariam Margaryan, Head of the Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy, and Mr Vilen Khachatryan, Head of the Chair of Management, had of the immortal students and graduates. And the former editor of the “Public Administration” Newspaper, Mrs Larisa Hovhannisyan, said her heartfelt words about Harutyun Stepanyan. It is worth mentioning that the photos by the latter, which make part of the wealth of PAARA’s archive, present him best.
The last chord of the event was the planting of the spruce in the yard of PAARA by the relatives of the fallen academicians. Tovma Archimandrite Khachatryan and Deacon Grisha Hatutyunyan gave their blessing to the newly planted tree.
Acting Rector of PAARA Khachatur Ghazeyan proposed the relatives of the fallen academicians to always keep in touch with PAARA, assuring that the latter would stand by them and support them in any issue.