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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Visits St. Garabed Church

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    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

    Senator Harry Reid and his wife visit the newly constructed St.

    Garabed Churh in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra,
    visited the newly-completed St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church on
    Tuesday afternoon.

    Upon arrival the Senator was met by Archpriest Father Avedis
    Torossian, Parish Council Chairman Adroushan Armenian and Building
    Committee members Koko Darakjian and Levon Gulbenkian. Vreij Taslakian
    representing the Church Consecration Committee and Lindy Schumacher
    representative of Kirk Kerkorian's Dream Fund at UCLA were also

    The Senator and Mrs. Reid entered the church after lighting their
    candles. Father Avedis provided a brief background about the Church
    and its services. Darakjian and Gulbenkian described the Church
    construction process and the Senator was impressed that the project
    was completed within only seven months from laying the foundation to
    its completion.

    Vreij Taslakian briefed the Senator about the growing Las Vegas
    Armenian Community and Schumacher explained Dream Fund's support
    of the Saturday Armenian School and plans to equip the school with
    advanced modern language and history learning techniques.

    Adroushan Armenian explained that St. Garabed is the Armenian
    translation for St. John the Baptist and shared with the Senator photos
    of St. Garabed Monastery of Moush, Historic Armenia, which legend has
    was built on the remains of St. John the Baptist in the fourth century
    He also told how the Church and monastery were destroyed by the Turkish
    army in 1915 during the Armenian Genocide, and they discussed House
    Resolution 306 which calls upon the Republic of Turkey "to safeguard
    its Christian heritage and to return confiscated Church properties".

    At the end of the visit, Father Avedis presented Senator Reid with a
    traditional Armenian cross-stone commemorating this special visit. The
    Senator congratulated the Parish Pastor and Church representatives,
    and promised to provide St. Garabed Church with a U.S. Flag that has
    flown on the Capitol in order to fly on the first Armenian Church in
    the city of Las Vegas.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress