11.07.2008 11:09

His Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, Prelate of the Armenian
Prelacy of Canada, joined the Armenian community in Quebec City for
the official unveiling of Komitas Vartabed's bust.

The special ceremony was under the auspices of Mr. Jacques Langlois,
president of the Commission of the National Capital of Quebec and
Quebec City's Mayor Régis Labeaume. On behalf of the Commission,
Mr. Denis Angers presented the biography of Komitas Vartabed and his
significance as a cultural titan and a proud representative of the
Armenian people.

Mr. Angers then invited Mr. Viken Afarian, president of Montreal's
Armenian Community Centre, to speak on behalf of the Armenian people,
and was followed by Archbishop Hagopian's blessing of the bust. His
Eminence was accompanied by Archbishop Souren Kataroyan and the
Prelacy's Executive Council chairperson Dr. Jean Arakelian.

The statue, a gift from the Armenian National Committee of Quebec to
Quebec City, is located on l'Allée des poètes, rue D'Auteuil, and
its erection made possible thanks to the Agreement for the enhancement
of the National Capital between Quebec City and the Commission of
the National Capital of Quebec.

More than 300 Armenian community members, as well as representatives
of sister organizations, were present for this milestone, organized
as part of the summ er-long events celebrating the 400th anniversary
of Quebec City.