Benefactor Kevork Atinizian Donates Monument in Border Village in Armenia

2KOGHB, Armenia — Kevork Atinizian and his family donated a monument depicting the History of the Armenian people to the major village and rural community of Koghb, Tavush Province, near the city of Noyemberyan, bordering Azerbaijan in the far northern part of Armenia.

The opening ceremony took place on September 22, with the participation of Knights of Vartan delegation, headed by Grand Commander Steve Kradjian, who were in Armenia to establish a communication center in the country and celebrate 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the brotherhood. Kevork Atinizian and his son, Nigoghos also are members of the Knights of Vartan.

Students and parents of the two schools of Koghb, the mayor, the elected officials and members of the clergy and other dignitaries gathered around the cultural hall in front of the monument for the official unveiling of the monument. In a festive atmosphere, children were singing and dancing on the main dais, glad that there corner of Armenia was not forgotten by the diaspora.

After the cutting of the ribbon by Atinizian and the architect of the monument Hrant Garabedian, the mayor Hovik declared Kevork Atinizian an honorary citizen of the village. Simultaneously, Kradjian bestowed upon Atinizian the Medal of Honor of the Knights of Vartan.