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#340368 Sos Vilage Artsakh

Posted by gamavor on 25 January 2017 - 09:53 AM


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#341762 Irina Bokova the bolshevic slut

Posted by gamavor on 06 September 2017 - 08:10 AM

All these should not stop here. Armenian authorities through diplomatic channels as well as the UN should request thorough investigation, esp. with regards to Bokova end company.

For Christ sake, on top of everything she gave UNESCO's Mozart prize to Mehriban Alieva. The later I'm sure did not know how to hold a violin.
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#341733 Irina Bokova the bolshevic slut

Posted by gamavor on 05 September 2017 - 06:35 AM

Before being accused of using harsh language, I would like to explain my words. Irina Bokova is an offspring of Georgi Bokov - a prominent Bulgarian communist rumored that is responsible for the murder of a prominent Bulgarian intellectual and political figure Rajko Alexsiev after the communist takeover of the country. Since the data are very scares of what exactly happened, it is proved that her father was instrumental in the torture of Rajko Alexsiev before his death. Sons and daughters are not responsible for the deeds of their parents, but having been raised in communist Bulgaria and knowing pretty well the background of her surrounding and political elites at the time, she could not know that the foundation which sponsored the event in Paris promoting the "tolerance" of Azerbaijan where everything Armenian is simply banned, is named after Geidar Aliev - the father of the present president of Azerbaijan, and that the former, before becoming a president of Azerbaijan was the head of the KGB in USSR - the most humanistic organization ever! Is sounds like a joke but the truth is that a foundation named after a communist monster sponsors an event to promote the tolerance of Azerbaijan and the chief of UNESCO, Irina Bokova gladly accepts such sponsorship???

What a world we live in!
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#341407 silversmiths of Kayseri who created beautiful silver covers for Armeni

Posted by MosJan on 15 July 2017 - 11:29 AM

Learn about the Armenian silversmiths of Kayseri who created beautiful silver covers for Armenian manuscripts. Three of these covers are in the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.


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#340809 The World according to ancient Rome

Posted by gamavor on 11 April 2017 - 02:24 AM

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#340200 Բեխալաթ

Posted by Yervant1 on 03 January 2017 - 02:45 PM

I think, it means mistake or a flaw and the բեխալատ would be the opposite of flaw, I mean flawless. I'm just going with the sentence structure and the Arabic word Khalat means mistake or a flaw, maybe that's where the origin is.

I hope this helps.

I believe the babies flaw is not falling sleep. The last sentence which says that you have one flaw, you don't sleep and stay awake. 


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#339824 Autumn of my Homeland

Posted by onjig on 13 October 2016 - 11:57 AM


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#337201 Armenia develops water-saving innovative fertilizer

Posted by gamavor on 12 January 2016 - 10:44 AM

http://news.am/eng/news/305729.html

YEREVAN. A new fertilizer has been developed in Armenia, and to save water.

Director of Eco Technology company, Ashot Baghdasaryan, told Armenian News-NEWS.am that the granules of this fertilizer collect the water from the soil, and return it to the plant when and as needed.

And the granules of our fertilizer not only accumulate water, but also the useful nutrients, Baghdasaryan explained.

In addition, this fertilizer eliminates excess water, so that the roots of the plants do not decay.

As per the company manager, this fertilizer helps to increase crop yields by 40 to 60 percent.

Furthermore, this material biologically decomposes, and therefore it leaves no residues in the soil.

The fertilizer, which is called Aquasource, underwent several tests among volunteer farmers.

Also, it is tested with a number of international projects.

Ashot Baghdasaryan said Iran, Russia, the US, India, the United Arab Emirates, and even in distant South Africa and Namibia are interested in this new fertilizer.
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#337198 Do you trust Russia or the United States more and why?

Posted by Yervant1 on 11 January 2016 - 01:27 PM

The chances that Russia will help us to free Western Armenia is as much as the help that we will get from the rest of the world, which is zero. We should rely on ourselves only.


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#326557 A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL

Posted by Yervant1 on 19 December 2014 - 10:42 AM

A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL

The Harvell Gazette, MA
Dec 18 2014

Tom Vartabedian Haverhill Gazette

Hard to believe that I've waited until close to the last moment to
wish everyone a joyful Christmas.

It's only because I'm strapped for cash after going bonkers this year
and decided I'd use my best resources to get the word out.

Nothing easier and cheaper than to convey my intentions through
this Almanac column. It's okay. You don't have to reciprocate. I get
enough afterthoughts leading up to the New Year and beyond, if you
count Armenian Christmas on Jan. 6.

So let's begin by wishing my family the very best -- my wife, Nancy,
with whom I'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary on Feb. 19. I
chose that date because it was her birthday and I couldn't think of
a better time to exchange our vows.

Cheers go out to the other three favorite people in my life --
children Sonya, Ara and Raffi -- and the six grandchildren in our
lives. Get set for Disneyworld, guys. We've got a lot of celebrating
to do this February in the land of unbroken dreams.

Let's hit the newspaper crowd next -- editor Bill Cantwell, who
peruses my columns each week and makes them readable, along with
climbing cohorts Dave Dyer, Paul Tennant and Mike LaBella. I still
remember that time we got stranded on Mount Katahdin in Maine and
spent the night on a rock studying the stars. Turned out to be a
pretty decent Almanac, as I recall.

You'll find me three afternoons a week playing racquetball at
the Haverhill YMCA. Maybe George Yell will let me win a game this
Christmas. Welcome Clint "CJ" Clay. You're the next generation. I
marvel at the job Executive Director Tracy Fuller does in keeping
that facility intact. Kudos to you, too.

You'll also see me browsing up a storm at the library -- a true
resource for our community -- and all that it avails to me, whether
books, CDs or DVDs. I am proud to admit that both my sons secured
their Eagle Scout badges by doing community projects for the library.

Not a bad consideration for any good scout.

As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide approaches in 2015,
the congregation at our Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is already at
work planning a milestone commemoration in the community. Watch for
details. While I'm at it, good luck to all those involved with the
church's building project in Ward Hill. It's been a long time in
the making.

Greetings and salutations go out to my doctor, Peter Rees, for keeping
me agile. He sets a fine example for health and fitness. And to my
cardiologist Salmon (Sonny) Ghiasuddin for saving me from expiration --
not once but twice. It's been 10 years since I've become "pipe free."

Same goes for Dr. Alan Gonick and his staff at Greenleaf. Be true to
your teeth -- otherwise they will become false. He makes a root canal
seem so tolerable. My sentiments also go out to Dr. Alvin Yadgood,
my oral surgeon at Northern Essex. I cannot say enough about implants.

I marvel at the work being done by cohorts Kathy Bresnahan and Rita
LaBella in organizing a myriad of activities at the Council on Aging.

There's no reason why any senior citizen in this city should be bored.

The guy behind it all is head honcho Vinny Ouellette, who seems to
have more arms than an octopus.

The ping-pong vibrations you may hear Monday nights come from West
Meadow Road, where some pretty hot table tennis activity is heard. Bob
Baillargeron and Malcolm Anderson are two fine players who don't act
their age. May their paddles always keep them young.

Special Christmas greetings go out to the sick and the infirmed of
this city, those who will spend the holiday in hospitals and nursing
homes. It's not the place you want to be. May you be joined by family
and friends.

Extended wishes are conveyed to the caregivers and medical support
staffers who must work this day to keep the health system mobilized
and in good hands. Santa applauds you.

Here's a greeting to all the police and firefighters who maintain
their constant vigil, holidays or not. And to all those who do not
celebrate Christmas. May some of you get caught up in the spirit,
whether you're a Christian or not.

For one brief day, bury all the bad news and put a moratorium on crime
and punishment. Let's finally end this terrible plight in the Middle
East and live in a world where peace and harmony work hand-in-hand.

Above all, let's put Christ back into Christmas and honor the day
for what it was intended.

If you're looking for the perfect last-minute gift, try this. Human
kindness costs nothing and goes the furthest.


http://www.hgazette....5dfd60004c.html
 

 


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#301582 Repat Armenia

Posted by Nané on 28 January 2013 - 12:35 PM


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#299973 Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you!

Posted by man on 19 December 2012 - 03:24 AM

Post-Armenia Blues

Posted on December 15, 2012

Nathalie Kazandjian aka Nat K
(Canada, AVC ‘ 12)

The "Welcome Home Natty" poster along with friends and family were what greeted me as I made my way past the Arrival gates of the Montreal Trudeau Airport. In that instant, I felt pretty good about coming home. However, as the days went by, the post-Armenia blues violently kicked in as soon as I found myself doing the same old things I used to do. Suddenly, things that seemed so familiar felt foreign and strange. It was a whole new culture shock but it was real and unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do about it. The problem was not coming home to friends and family. The problem itself was leaving Armenia. For the little bit that I was back, I couldn’t even look at my photos nor talk about it for fear of being overcome with even more heartbreak and anguish than I already felt. I missed everything and everyone that belonged to my life in Armenia.

Before I know it, I found myself longing for Armenia. I missed waking up every morning to hearing my host mother say “ Parev parev garmir arev siroon jan”. I missed walking down 58 district to catch the marshrutka, 100 drams in hand and giving my regular Parev to the locals. I missed walking home from work and being greeted by the cutest little munchkins from my neighborhood showering me with hugs and kisses. I missed finishing the night off with a nice cup of MacCoffee alongside my host sisters while watching Armenian soap operas. I missed staying up with Nvartig, my baby host sister, till late at night drawing, coloring, playing cards, checkers, chess and teaching her English. I missed going to Ponchig Monchig and ordering a ridiculous amount of food. I missed going to the khorovadz place near the OLA center and engaging into a 45 minute conversation with the cook each and every time. I missed getting a ridiculous amount of daily texts and reminders from Allegra. I missed joining my Armenian brothers and sisters over weekend excursions. I missed running in the SAS supermarket and yelling like a crazy person “where’s the Ttvaser ?” before boarding our marshrukta to head back home. As well, as Heeng dzap, Marshrukta 9, besties crew, whatever your face, tracking down wifi, Le Cafe and Sevan’s inspirational speeches among many other things.

The desire to connect to people and the joy of making the connection was life affirming. The physical intensity of the excursions was invigorating. The time walking alone, listening to my own footsteps, sitting in the marshrukta watching the sunset, gazing at the stars was refreshing. Most of all, I long for the way I felt when I was in the Motherland. I felt alive, free, inspired and grateful. Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you. Each and every day there was a goal and an accomplishment that could be measured in different ways: in kilometers, in hugs, in the number of times I laughed out loud.

Although I was only gone for two months and while nothing has changed at home, everything has changed within me. Living in Armenia, gave me a deep appreciation of my life – where I live, where I work, my family and my friends. It also made me appreciate things that we too often take for granted such as the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, weeping eyes, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

To travel to Armenia is to truly take a journey within yourself. When we leave the comfort of home and everything that we have grown to be accustomed to, we often live more simply, with no more possessions than we can carry. We tend to surrender ourselves by becoming much more accepting to the twists, turns and little surprises that life has to offer. I came to Armenia searching for answers. Instead, I left in search of better questions. Sometimes, the unexpected is just what is needed to put life into perspective.

So here I am, back to my same old routine of stop and go, impatiently waiting to graduate just to start a new adventure. All the while feeling nostalgic about my time in Armenia which can feel heavier than the far too many pounds gained abroad.

When I think about it, perhaps the post-Armenia blues is something you can never truly let go of. For it that where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

To sign off, I simply cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime and never a goodbye. None of this would have been possible without Birthright Armenia & Armenian Volunteer Corps. For those of you who are thinking of joining the program, I encourage you to take a leap and go for it. Armenia 2012 always in my heart.
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#338869 Military Photos: Armenia and Artsakh

Posted by MosJan on 19 May 2016 - 10:56 AM


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#337079 Short Video of Yerevan

Posted by gamavor on 23 December 2015 - 11:15 AM


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#334531 Impressions Of The Day

Posted by Private Arshak on 24 August 2015 - 12:12 PM

Հայեր ջան շատ շնորհակալ եմ բոլոր նրանց ովքեր գտնվելով Հայրենիքից հեռու մասնակցում են նրա պաշտպանությանը, այսօր մեր որդիներն ու եղբայրները վտանգելով իրենց կյանքը պաշտպանում են Հայրենիքի սահմանները, ինչպես միշտ մեզ քանակապես և զենկով տասնապատիկ գերազանցոլ թշնամուց, և հենց մեր սատարման հաշվին է որ դա նրանց հաջոլվում է կատարել մինիմալ կորուստներով: Մեր ամեն մի հայի կյանքը մեզ համար անգին կորուստ է այնպես որ մինիմալ բառը այնքան էլ տեղին չէ օգտագործել: Հայրենիքը հեռվից չեն սիրում արտահայտությունը սխալ է հենց այն հայերի շնորհիվ ովքեր ապրելով տասնյակ հազար կիլոմետր հեռու ակտիվ մասնակցում են Հայրենիքի պաշտպանությանը,  ցավում անհաջողությունների համար և հուզվում և ուրախանում նրա ձեռկբերումներով: Մնացեք մասնիկը ձեր սուրբ հողի...https://www.youtube....h?v=A5CXwcsYGVc

 


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#332749 ARTSAKH REVIVES TRADITION OF BREEDING KARABAKH STALLION ALMOST LOST BE

Posted by Yervant1 on 12 June 2015 - 10:58 AM

ARTSAKH REVIVES TRADITION OF BREEDING KARABAKH STALLION ALMOST LOST BECAUSE OF MILITARY AGGRESSION OF AZERBAIJAN

19:39 11/06/2015 Â" SOCIETY

The assistant to the head of Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) Department
of Tourism, Artak Grigoryan's exclusive interview to Panorama.am.

- What was the process of recovering the population of Karabakh
stallions after war?

- The breeding of Karabakh stallions in the NKR revived since early
2000s. The breed was really under the threat of extinction at the
beginning of the 90s, the years of Azerbaijan's military aggression.

Today there is no threat for Karabakh stallion on its homeland, and
all the favorable conditions have been created for them to breed
in the natural habitat. The center engaged in taking care of the
recovering population is in the village Kirsavan.

As the history shows, the "Karabakhtsis" are quite enduring and
capable to overcome any natural difficulties. They appear on the edge
of extinction only in turbulent times of war and attacks. Generally,
this breed is the child of freedom and piece and best of all reproduces
itself in natural environment in the mountains near Kirsana.

- We know that Karabakh stallion played a special part in the Armenian
history since the ancient times.

- The Karabakh stallions were the pride of the cavalry of the
Armenian kings and meliks in Karabakh, and today they are the pride
of Nagorno Karabakh Republic. Suffice it to mention a few facts
about the Armenian stallion. Back in the 19th century the journal
Horse-breeding published an article according to which the Persian
horses are so popular because they have the blood of the "Karabakh"
breed. In 1952 a group of specialists from the Russian Empire arrived
in Persia and noted that the key to success of the Persian cavalry
were the Karabakh stallions among them which actually did not yield
to their Arabic kindred in anything.

In his book "Melikdoms of Khamsa" Raffi writes that the cavalry rich
in Karabakh stallions and famous for its power since the ancient times
was a part of the Artsakh Army. Raffi points that Karabakh stallion
was outwardly analogous to the Arabian breed, but had a specific
golden-red color. These fast and safe horses helped the Armenian
cavalry in the historically significant battles, even outside Artsakh.

Another interesting fact is that the famous tsarist general
Artsakh-born Valerian Madatov - who founded dynastic stud farm in
Shushi - also dealt with the cultivation of Karabakh stallion.

- Actually, until the beginning of the last century the cultivation of
Karabakh stallions was local meliks' prerogative. What happened next?

- As a result of wars and revolutions, Karabakh racer appeared on
the edge of extinction. Only in the 1940s it was possible to restore
the population of Karabakh stallion with titanic efforts. By the way,
in Soviet times, Nikita Khrushchev gifted a wonderful Karabakh racer
to the British Queen. And again, because of the war in the early 90s,
Karabakh stallion was on the verge of extinction. Today, no less than
Herculean efforts are being made to protect it from aggression.

- How is the Karabakh stallion peculiar?

- It is not very tall, but it is very strong and enduring. It has
broad chest and a distinctive color. It is often called "orange"
because of the special yellow-orange color.

http://www.panorama....rtak-grigoryan/
 


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#329949 Islamic State bulldozers 'erasing history' in Nimrud, Iraq

Posted by Yervant1 on 06 March 2015 - 10:07 AM

Just like the Turks and Azeries did to Armenian monuments and churches before them, animals!!!!!
 
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Islamic State bulldozers 'erasing history' in Nimrud, Iraq

Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq, the BBC reported.
On Thursday IS - which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria - began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, Iraqi officials said.
The UN cultural body's Iraq director, Alex Plathe, called it "another appalling attack on Iraq's heritage."
"They are erasing our history," Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani said.
IS says ancient shrines and statues are "false idols" that have to be smashed.
Nimrud lies about 30km (18 miles) south-east of Mosul.
 



Source: Panorama.am

 

 


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#322421 "Nowhere, A Story of Exile" book on Armenian massacres in Baku

Posted by Yervant1 on 08 September 2014 - 10:00 AM

"Nowhere, A Story of Exile" book on Armenian massacres in Baku presented

Saturday, September 06, 2014


Novosti international press center in Yerevan yesterday hosted
"Nowhere, A Story of Exile" book about a family of Armenian refugees
from Baku. The head of Ordinary Genocide Project Marina Grigoryan said
at the event that the book was published in the U.S. and is unique in
the sense that it is the first English-language book about the
Armenian massacres in Baku.

According to M. Grigoryan, the book is based on Anna Astvatsaturian
Turcotte's diary that she kept at age of 10-12 when she lived in Baku.
Later in the United States where she moved along with her family, Anna
Astvatsaturian Turcotte published the book that contains her memories
of the 1988-1992 events. The book also includes recollections from
witnesses of persecution and atrocities committed against Armenians.

M. Grigoryan said that because of the records made in the diary, Anna
Astvatsaturian Turcotte can be compared to Anne Frank, a Jewish girl
who described the Nazi terror in her wartime diary.

Ms. Grigoryan informed those present that the creative group of "The
Baku Tragedy in Eyewitness Accounts" Project that was launched on the
25th anniversary of the Armenian massacres in the Azerbaijani capital
went to the U.S. to meet with Armenian refugees residing there. "As a
result, extensive interesting materials with unique accounts were
gathered to be used for a new collection and a film," the project head
said, adding that new forms of presenting the tragedy will be sought.

"We consider it important to show that not only Armenians, but also
families in which one of the spouses was of Armenian descent suffered
from the tragedy," Marina Grigoryan said. She announced that the
English- and Russian-language premieres of the film are scheduled for
January 2015.

Novosti-Armenia news agency reports that Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte
who is on a visit to Yerevan said for her part that the Americans are
not familiar with the Karabakh problem and the Baku events, but
following the book's publication and the meetings held, many of them
started taking a sincere interest.

She told those present that in September 1989 when she was 11 her
family fled Baku and moved to Armenia. The plight of Armenian refugees
from Baku worsened after the 1988 Spitak earthquake, amid the Karabakh
war and the disintegration of the USSR.

"After living in quite difficult conditions in Armenia for two and a
half years, our family made a decision to move to America. We arrived
in the U.S. with four suitcases, $180 and refugee status: that was all
we had. It was the beginning of a new peaceful future," Astvatsaturian
Turcotte noted.

In her words, at that time she took a decision to preserve the diary
for her children and grandchildren so that "they could be aware of
their roots, their past and imagine those hardships that the people of
Artsakh have endured," she said.

"Interest in the Baku events and the Karabakh independence process is
increasing in American society in recent years. Many members of the
Armenian Diaspora had no idea of it, and I consider this inadmissible.
My husband and me worked together to contribute to the adoption of the
resolution about Karabakh's independence by the State of Maine,"
Astvatsaturian Turcotte stated.
In her words, she has repeatedly made speeches, sharing her memories
not only in various U.S. states, but also in the Congress, and she
received an invitation to deliver a speech in the European Parliament
in October.

"I will speak about the difficult path that Armenians of Baku have
followed, as well as the Karabakh problem and the work aimed at the
recognition of Karabakh's independence," said Anna Astvatsaturian
Turcotte, a lawyer and a mother of two. She was granted U.S.
citizenship in 1997.

The Ordinary Genocide Project is implemented the PR and Information
Center of the Armenian President's Administration. As part of the
project, a series of documentaries was filmed in five languages about
the events in Sumgait, Baku, Maraga, the Ring Operation, Karabakh
records website was launched, and a number of books were published,
republished, and translated.

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#316195 Banquet Benefits San Francisco’s Mount Davidson Cross

Posted by Yervant1 on 15 February 2014 - 10:53 AM

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Friday, February 14th, 2014

 

Banquet Benefits San Francisco’s Mount Davidson Cross

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A Genocide commemoration event at Mr. Davidson

SAN FRANCISCO—The Council of Armenian American Organizations of Northern California (CAAONC), owner of the Mount Davidson cross in San Francisco, hosted a banquet on Saturday, February 1 at the Saroyan Hall. The purpose was to benefit the Mount Davidson Cross, the tallest Armenian Genocide Memorial in the world. CAAONC is comprised of all of the churches and organizations of Northern California and maintains, protects and preserves the Cross. The evening included a musical presentation by the Mazamanian Family, a keynote speaker Professor Ayda Erbal, Guest of Honor Archbishop Aris Shirvanian of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, a silent auction and dinner.

The evening began with welcoming remarks from the Chairman of the Council, Chuck Paskerian. In his remarks were updates from the council regarding the website, a promotional video, a new partnership with San Francisco Travel, inclusion in tourist guidebooks, power considerations, and the recently added link on the website for online donations. Paskerian then introduced the Banquet Chair and MC for the evening Judy Jingirian. Jingirian graciously thanked all the individuals that were involved from the very beginning, the founding members, as well as other individuals that devoted their time to make the purchase of the Cross a reality.

The talented Mazmanian Family Musical Ensemble captured the audience’s attention with their delightful performance. Greg, Ida, Eddy and Rose played melodies from Anoosh Opera, Dance of the Spirit, Fisherman of Sevan and Lezginka.

Keynote speaker Ayda Erbal, Adjunct Professor at New York University, Department of Politics, who teaches Middle Eastern Politics, spoke about Turkey’s ongoing denial of the Genocide, the Turkish Intellectuals’ “Apology” campaign, and the odd story of the life and death of a monument in Kars. Professor Erbal set out the criteria for an apology: a clear explanation of offense, expression of shame, guilt, humility, sincerity, intention not to commit offense again, and reparations to the offended party. The Turkish Intellectuals’apology met none of these criteria. She tied the apology campaign to contradictions in actions by the Turks, who on the one hand, built a monument to honor their (imaginary) genocide, on the other hand built a Friendship Monument, symbolizing friendship between Turks and Armenians, near the border of Armenia in Kars. The friendship monument was rightfully demolished as a result of internal Turkish politics. In conclusion, there must be a clear and proper apology to start the process of recognition.

Guest of Honor Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, Director of Ecumenical and Foreign Relations at the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate of Jerusalem, was instrumental in the purchase of the cross in 1997, during which time he served as Pastor for St. John’s Armenian Apostolic Church of San Francisco. In his message, he shared his experiences on how the Bay Area Armenian community jumped at the opportunity to purchase and save the historical cross and re-dedicate it as a memorial to the million and half victims of the Armenian Genocide. At the Patriarchate in Jeruselum, he has been working with the local Armenian community to press the Armenian Cause in Israel. Thanks to their efforts, last year almost all representatives of political parties in the Israeli Knesset unanimously condemned the Genocide of the Armenians, urging their government to officially recognize it. Echoing Professor Erbal’s message on proper elements of an apology, Archbishop Aris encouraged all Armenians to work together towards not only recognition, but also reparations.

 

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The Cross at Mt. Davidsom


Brief History of Mount Davidson Cross: A SF Historical Landmark 
Set on the highest peak overlooking San Francisco stands a majestic cross, at 103 feet tall, it is visible to much of the city. The history of the cross goes back to 1923 when a small wooden cross was used on the site for Easter Sunrise services. In 1933, during the depression, Margaret May Morgan, the first woman to sit on the SF Board of Supervisors, along with other members of the Easter Sunrise Committee, solicited $1 contributions to build a concrete cross.

 

On March 25, 1934, one week before Easter, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, pressed a golden telegraph key in Washington DC to light up the cross, where an audience 50,000 Bay Area residents were gathered to witness this historical event. The lights became a Christmas and Easter week tradition for the city of San Francisco for many years.

In 1941, when attendance at Easter sunrise services had reached to over 75,000, the city of San Francisco purchased 38 acres surrounding the cross to form a public park. During the Korean War, a soldier wrote that his last view leaving the US, was the illuminated cross.

In 1991, several organizations sued San Francisco for having a cross standing on land owned by the city, and several court battles ensued.

Forced by the courts to either privatize or remove the cross altogether, the city decided to put it up for auction. On July 12, 1997, the Council of Armenian American Organizations of Northern California (CAAONC), outbid other groups and purchased the cross.

The purchase of the cross was unanimously approved by the SF Board of Supervisors. On November 4, 1997 over 68% of San Francisco voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition F, finalizing the sale to the CAAONC which became the legal owner. For over 90 years the Mount Davidson Cross has been a San Francisco Historical Landmark, and a symbol of unity of different faiths as they have gathered at Easter Sunrise services for 90 consecutive years.

For Armenians, it memorializes the first Genocide of the 20th century, and the 1.5 million Armenians, living on their ancestral lands, who perished at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. The memorial also serves as a memorial to All Crimes against Humanity.
The 103 foot cross is the tallest Armenian Genocide Memorial in the world. The CAAONC preserves, protects and maintains this site for all San Francisco Bay Area residents and its tourists.

It is an oasis of open space, a forest in the middle of an urban environment of one of the densest cities in California. One can enjoy some of the best views of San Francisco from the top of Mount Davidson.

 

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Mt. Davidson via the SF Travel Bureau


Partnerships and Events

 

San Francisco Travel Partners 
Mount Davidson Landmark Park and Cross is proud to be affiliated with San Francisco Travel, which serves as the official San Francisco convention and visitors bureau, we are one of 1500 partners, through this agency CAAONC is able to promote visits to the beautiful Mount Davidson Landmark Park and Cross with use of its website and brochure distribution at the Visitors Information Center and at the Moscone Convention Center, downtown San Francisco.

Annual Easter Sunrise Service
The Easter Sunrise service has been a San Francisco tradition for over 90 years. Non-denominational sunrise services take place at the cross with local clergy. Last year Community leaders invited to take part in Easter Sunrise 2013 included SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and SF Mayor Edwin M. Lee. The program also featured an SF Firefighters Honor Guard and musical performances by Calvary Hill Community Gospel Choir, Lynne Miller of The House of Bagpipes and The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, which started the morning off with a Sunrise Prelude at 6:50 a.m.

Council of Armenian American Organizations of Northern California
The Council is composed of dedicated volunteers of the member organizations, who oversee the preservation and maintenance of the Mount Davidson Cross.

Member Organizations include in alphabetical order:
Ararat Armenian Society, Armenian-American Citizens’ League, Armenian Assembly of America – Bay Area, Armenian Church Youth Organization – Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Clara, Chapters, Armenian General Benevolent Union -Silicon Valley, Armenian General Benevolent Union – Young Professionals of Northern California, Armenian National Committee -San Francisco Bay Area Armenian Professional Society – Bay Area, Armenian Relief Society – Agnouni, Erepouni and Garin Chapters, Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Krisdapor and Sardarabad Chapters, Armenian Youth Federation – Rosdom Chapter, Armenian Technology Group, Bethel Armenian Evangelical Church, Calvary Armenian Congregational Church – San Francisco, Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association, Homenetmen Scouts and Athletics Organizations – San Francisco, Santa Clara and Walnut Creek Chapters, Knights of Vartan-Daron Lodge, NorCal Armenian Home and Senior Services, St. Andrew Armenian Apostolic Church – Cupertino, St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church – San Francisco, St. James Armenian Apostolic Church – Sacramento, St. John Armenian Apostolic Church – San Francisco, St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church – Oakland, Tekeyan Cultural Association, Triple X Fraternity – Golden Gate, Mt. Diablo, Oakland and Peninsula Chapters, U.C. Berkeley Armenian Alumni Association.

Donations To Support Mount Davidson Cross
Mail checks to:
CAAONC
825 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132

Online Donations:
mountdavidsoncross.org/contact.html

 


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