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GRANITE CITY, Ill.On Dec. 14, members of the Granite City Armenian community gathered at the St. Gregory Armenian Community Center to hear a presentation by Unger Nerses Sarkissian, member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Central Committee of Syria and the Syrian Armenian Committee for Urgent Relief and Rehabilitation.

On Dec. 14, members of the Granite City Armenian community gathered at the St. Gregory Armenian Community Center to hear a presentation by Unger Nerses Sarkissian

Sarkissian is touring the East Coast Armenian communities to raise awareness of the challenges facing the Syrian Armenian community, as part of an emergency appeal for Syrian Armenian relief initiated by the ARF Eastern Region Central Committee.

On behalf of the ARF Hrayr Gomideh, Unger Steve Hagopian delivered the opening remarks, and introduced Sarkissian. The event was organized by the Aharonian Gomideh together with the St. Gregory Armenian Church and the Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Armenian Church. Der Torkom Chorbajian, pastor of St. Gregory Church, translated Sarkissians remarks.

Sarkissian said that although the war affects Syrian Armenians, it is also the pain of all Armenians, adding that just as Syrian Armenians supported Armenians worldwide during times of crisis such as the 1988 earthquake, the Karabagh war, or the war in Lebanon, now it was time for Armenians worldwide to support Syrian Armenians.

Sarkissian spoke about how the community leadership, and especially the Syrian Armenian Committee for Urgent Relief and Rehabilitation, continues to do its part in helping out the Armenian population of Syria. We help distributing financial aid and services to those in need; we also stand guard and monitor areas heavily populated by Armenians, in order to ensure their safety, he said.

We try to make conditions such that our people can survive, added Sarkissian. He also spoke about the determination of many Syrian Armenians to stay in the country and carry on their lives. There have been several instances throughout history where the odds have been against the Armenian people, and at times, Armenians have been quick to retreat and surrender. This has not been the case for the Armenians of Aleppo and Syria, he said.

The attendees listened with interest to Sarkissians presentation, which was followed by a question and answer period. Hagopian thanked Unger Sarkissian and the attendees, and invited guests to show their support by donating to the relief efforts.

Dr. Sarkissian has visited the Armenian communities in Worcester, Detroit, New York, Boston, Providence, Washington, DC, Chicago/Racine, and Granite City.



Sarkissian is set to visit Philadelphia onDec. 18, the event will be held at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Church Hall at 7:30 p.m.. Sarkissian will then travel to Ridgefield, N.J. onDec. 19, where a gathering will take place at the St. Vartanantz Church Hall at 7 p.m. Note: To support Syrian Armenian relief efforts, donate online at arseastusa.org/donate. Read the Armenian Weeklys interview with Sarkissian here.




GRANITE CITY, Ill.On Dec. 14, members of the Granite City Armenian community gathered at the St. Gregory Armenian Community Center to hear a presentation by Unger Nerses Sarkissian, member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Central Committee of Syria and the Syrian Armenian Committee for Urgent Relief and Rehabilitation. On Dec. 14, members of the Granite City Armenian community gathered at the St. Gregory Armenian Community Center to hear a presentation by Unger Nerses Sarkissian Sarkissian is touring the East Coast Armenian communities to raise awareness of the challenges facing the Syrian Armenian community, as part of an emergency appeal for Syrian Armenian relief initiated by the ARF Eastern Region Central Committee. On behalf of the ARF Hrayr Gomideh, Unger Steve Hagopian delivered the opening remarks, and introduced Sarkissian. The event was organized by the Aharonian Gomideh together with the St. Gregory Armenian Church and the Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Armenian Church. Der Torkom Chorbajian, pastor of St. Gregory Church, translated Sarkissians remarks. Sarkissian said that although the war affects Syrian Armenians, it is also the pain of all Armenians, adding that just as Syrian Armenians supported Armenians worldwide during times of crisis such as the 1988 earthquake, the [...]
GRANITE CITY, Ill.On Dec. 14, members of the Granite City Armenian community gathered at the St. Gregory Armenian Community Center to hear a presentation by Unger Nerses Sarkissian, member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Central Committee of Syria and the Syrian Armenian Committee for Urgent Relief and Rehabilitation. On Dec. 14, members of the Granite City Armenian community gathered at the St. Gregory Armenian Community Center to hear a presentation by Unger Nerses Sarkissian Sarkissian is touring the East Coast Armenian communities to raise awareness of the challenges facing the Syrian Armenian community, as part of an emergency appeal for Syrian Armenian relief initiated by the ARF Eastern Region Central Committee. On behalf of the ARF Hrayr Gomideh, Unger Steve Hagopian delivered the opening remarks, and introduced Sarkissian. The event was organized by the Aharonian Gomideh together with the St. Gregory Armenian Church and the Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Armenian Church. Der Torkom Chorbajian, pastor of St. Gregory Church, translated Sarkissians remarks. Sarkissian said that although the war affects Syrian Armenians, it is also the pain of all Armenians, adding that just as Syrian Armenians supported Armenians worldwide during times of crisis such as the 1988 earthquake, the [...]
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