Armenian Independence Day Celebration in Diocesan Kavookjian Hall

NEW YORK — The 23rd year of independence of the Republic of Armenia was celebrated at Kavookjian Hall of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) on September 21 under the auspices of the Diocese and the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations (UN). The event was organized by Noyan Tapan, Inc., with the participation of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (Ramgavars), the Tekeyan Cultural Association and the Armenian Assembly of America.

Tigran Sargsyan of Noyan Tapan served as master of ceremonies, and Vagharshag Ohanyan accompanied Dr. Lloyd Ariola in the presentation of the American and Armenian national anthems. The keynote speaker was newly appointed UN Ambassador Zohrab Mnatzaganyan. Dr. Mary Papazian spoke on behalf of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, Hagop Vartivarian for the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, and Artyom Sahakyan for the Noyan Tapan organization. Executive Director Bryan Ardouny of the Armenian Assembly of America spoke on behalf of his organization. The Armenian General Benevolent Union’s Antranig Dance Ensemble, with Gagik Karapetian as choreographer, performed dances. Singer Maria Sahakyan, accompanied by Lina Pantilova on piano, performed classical music pieces, and soprano Anoush Barclay accompanied on piano by Lucine Vahradian performed Armenian music for the audience.

A video on the independent state of Armenia was screened, and Archbishop Eghishe Gizirian gave the closing remarks and prayer.