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125th Anniversary of the ARF Celebrated in Armenia

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YEREVAN (A.W.)On the morning of Dec. 11, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) members and supporters from around the world convened at Yerevans Yerablur military cemetery. Those present included members of the ARF Bureau and ARF Armenia Supreme Body, representatives of ARF regions from over 30 countries, as well as heroes of the Artsakh Liberation and members of the ARF Youth (Armenian Youth Federation of Armenia AYF) and Student Organizations.

On the morning of Dec. 11, ARF members and supporters from around the world convened at Yerevans Yerablur military cemetery

The event began with a symbolic flash mob dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the ARF, with the participation of 125 members of AYF Armenia. Participants then paid a moment of silence for the memory of fallen members and soldiers who were killed during the Artsakh war, at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A special swearing-in ceremony was then held, during which several new members were welcomed to the party.

The event began with a symbolic flash mob dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the ARF, with the participation of 125 members of AYF Armenia.

Members and supporters later held a procession march on the streets of Yerevan, before the official celebration of the partys 125th anniversary at the State Opera and Ballet building.

During the official celebration of the ARFs 125th anniversary, which was attended by high-level dignitaries, government officials, and ARF members and supporters from around the world, ARF Bureau representative Hrant Markarian spoke about the 125 year history of the party and its significance today in Armenia and around the Armenian Diaspora.

“The ARF would not have been established if it was easy to have a homeland and to be ArmenianThe ARF was not an ordinary political party that emerged during the liberation struggle. Rather, it was the culmination of the national will of the Armenian people, said Markarian.

During the official celebration, ARF Bureau representative Hrant Markarian spoke about the 125 year history of the party and its significance today in Armenia and around the Armenian Diaspora.

Markarian then detailed the extensive work of the party around the world. Throughout its existence, the ARF has been there, where Armenians were in danger. Today, we stand beside the Syrian-Armenians and we have managed to create a climate of unity in Syria, thanks to our efforts and the efforts of Armenians all over the world, he said.

Also speaking at the event, ARF parliamentary faction secretary Aghvan Vardanyan noted the important work of the founders of the party and the first generation of ARF members. The work of our predecessors was difficultunspeakably difficult. Living in between two empires, they not only founded a strong political movement, but also established an independent Republic, he said, adding that the current generation had much to do to live up to what the party has stood for.

Vardanyan also spoke about the role of the ARF in organizing communities and the important political work they have done over the years, as well as the work they have yet to do. With many difficulties, our predecessors organized Armenian communities in the Diaspora, helped preserve the Armenian identity, and put the Armenian cause on the political agendas of countries around the world. They were able to do this because of their hard work, determination, and steadfast belief in the Armenian nation, he said.

A scene from ‘The Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Armenian Statehood’ academic conference

Armenian President Serge Sarkisians congratulatory message to the members of the ARF was also read at the event. From the moment of its conception, the Party has been a leading force in the Armenian political life, always in the vanguard of the liberation struggle of the Armenian people, striving within its capabilities to promote our just cause, read a part of his message. In the letter, Sarkissian also commended the ARFs efforts in preserving the Armenian identity in the Diaspora, and its work in Armenia.

A day earlier, a two-day academic conference held at the National Academy of Armenia entitled The Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Armenian Statehood concluded, on Dec. 10. During the conference, participants presented more than 20 academic papers on the role and historic significance of the party.

Below is a video of the events dedicated to the ARFs 125th anniversary in Armenia.

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YEREVAN (A.W.)On the morning of Dec. 11, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) members and supporters from around the world convened at Yerevans Yerablur military cemetery. Those present included members of the ARF Bureau and ARF Armenia Supreme Body, representatives of ARF regions from over 30 countries, as well as heroes of the Artsakh Liberation and members of the ARF Youth (Armenian Youth Federation of Armenia AYF) and Student Organizations. On the morning of Dec. 11, ARF members and supporters from around the world convened at Yerevans Yerablur military cemetery The event began with a symbolic flash mob dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the ARF, with the participation of 125 members of AYF Armenia. Participants then paid a moment of silence for the memory of fallen members and soldiers who were killed during the Artsakh war, at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A special swearing-in ceremony was then held, during which several new members were welcomed to the party. The event began with a symbolic flash mob dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the ARF, with the participation of 125 members of AYF Armenia. Members and supporters later held a procession march on the streets of Yerevan, before the [...]
YEREVAN (A.W.)On the morning of Dec. 11, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) members and supporters from around the world convened at Yerevans Yerablur military cemetery. Those present included members of the ARF Bureau and ARF Armenia Supreme Body, representatives of ARF regions from over 30 countries, as well as heroes of the Artsakh Liberation and members of the ARF Youth (Armenian Youth Federation of Armenia AYF) and Student Organizations. On the morning of Dec. 11, ARF members and supporters from around the world convened at Yerevans Yerablur military cemetery The event began with a symbolic flash mob dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the ARF, with the participation of 125 members of AYF Armenia. Participants then paid a moment of silence for the memory of fallen members and soldiers who were killed during the Artsakh war, at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A special swearing-in ceremony was then held, during which several new members were welcomed to the party. The event began with a symbolic flash mob dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the ARF, with the participation of 125 members of AYF Armenia. Members and supporters later held a procession march on the streets of Yerevan, before the [...]
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