HMADS Celebrates 100th Anniversary


By Janet Marcarian

OAKLAND GARDENS, N.Y. — Armenians around the world solemnly remembered the great tragedy that befell our people in 1915. This event was commemorated in various religious and cultural observances in every corner of the world.

Holy  Martyrs Armenian Day School (HMADS) stands as a monument of inspiration and guiding light to the continuation of the legacy of all that perished during the massacre. With that in mind, an exciting idea came was brought to fruition after six months of work. Principal Zarminé Boghosian had been contemplating with the thought of creating something unique and challenging. The culmination of this effort was exhibited on April 23, at Kalustyan Hall. The auditorium was transformed into a little cosmos of enlightenment and confirmation that Armenians, as a nation, have persevered and are here in full glory.

The Hall of Fame (Famous Armenian Americans of Survivors of the Genocide) stood as a reminder of the intellectual power of our forbearers and their quest to overcome all barriers. Here “they” stood — representatives of all fields and genre of life — scientists, musicians, writers, entertainers, athletes, inventors, businessmen, artists, politicians, military and clergyman reiterating the obvious, “We are here to stay!” and “The pain of yesterday is the strength of today!”

So much talent determination and willingness to succeed was represented by the artists Irene Vandian, Christina Vandian, the versatile Sylva Knadjian with her Armenian dolls presentation, skillful rug weaving expert, Haiko and the manuscript/calligraphy workshop center leaders: the impeccable Victoria Yekhpairian and Janet Marcarian.

HMADS students also attended the canonization of 1.5 million Martyrs at the church auditorium. This in return reaffirmed the important role of our faith for many years to come. The true beneficiary of this exhibit was the students of HMADS, because this was their point of origin, power and infinite source of knowledge.

This day, April 23rd, 2015 will be imprinted in many ways in the minds of visitors, parents and most of all students. It will show everyone including our venerable Martyrs that their blood was not shed in vain. Their enormous intelligence, gifts and talents were resurrected in the souls of all past, present and future generations. Let us embrace each other, because the Armenian Renaissance (Rebirth) began 100 years ago and will continue for posterity to come.

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HMADS students with some of the Hall of Fame Armenians