ARMENIAN COMMUNITY OF BUENOS AIRES MARKS REPUBLIC DAY WITH GREAT LUSTRE

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
May 31 2006

BUENOS AIRES, MAY 31, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. The Armenian
community of Buenos Aires marked on May 28 with great lustre the 88th
anniversary of the First Republic and Sardarapat battle. Celebrations
started in the morning in the "Armenia" street closed for traffic which
was decorated with Armenian and Argentinian flags and flowers. The
street was full of dense crowd, representatives of all the community
structures, hundreds of pupils of Armenian schools, Armenian scouts
were present. Armenian and Argentinian marches were performed by the
orchestra of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Argentina. After the
Surb Liturgy celebrated at the Saint Gregory the Illuminator church,
the community representatives and RA Ambassador to Argentina Vladimir
Karmirshalian laid wreaths to the memorial complex dedicated to the
Sardarapat battle. The RA Ambassador addressed speech of gratitude to
the gathered about thousand people. An open-air concert organized by
Armenian schools took place. Then the celebration was removed to the
"Armenia" cultural association's (ARF) center, on the threshold of
which a bas-relief picturing the historic way the Armenian nation
has passed after proclaiming the First Republic of Armenia will be
placed. The solemn placing of the monument bas-relief took place
with the participation of the community structures' heads and the RA
Ambassador. As Noyan Tapan was informed by the RA Foreign Ministry's
Press and Information Department, during the solemn reception taken
place in the "Tutunjian" hall of the center, the RA Ambassador to
Argentina, heads of the ARF South American Central Committee addressed
speeches of gratitude to those present (700 people).

Then a festive concert took place with the participation of the "Nor
Araks" orchestra, "Masis" dance group and "Hay Stars" estrada ensemble.