Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan Visits Massachusetts


Yesterday, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan traveled from
Watertown to Boston, continuing his working trip to the United States. He met
with the representatives of the Armenian American community who play a key role
in Massachusetts, as well as state government
officials who stand out with their
activities to promote Armenian American issues.

President Sargsyan began his day on March 29 at the Old
North Church of Boston, which had a significant impact in
the American Revolution. The President of Armenia’s visit to the Old North
Church pays tribute to one of the symbols of American independence and shows
his appreciation towards both this church and the overall Anglican Church for
their benevolent attitude toward Armenians. This was the first church in the
18th century that allowed Armenian immigrants to hold liturgy. The church was
built in 1723 in the northern part of Boston, and is the oldest church building
in the city. The vicar of the church, T. Stephen Ayres, and Armenian clergy
held a holy liturgy together in honor of President Sargsyan.

Later in the day,
President Sargsyan visited the Armenian Heritage Park which was created to
commemorate the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and other
subsequent genocides, as well as to glorify the great contribution of Armenian
Americans and other immigrants who settled in Massachusetts. Those present at
the park include former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, who played an important role in the creation of the Armenian
Heritage Park; representatives of Boston City Hall;
Armenian Assembly of America Board of Trustees Co-Chairman Anthony Barsamian; Co-Chair
of the Massachusetts Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee
James Kalustian; Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian; members of the
Executive Committee of the Armenian Heritage Fund, which carried out the
construction works of the park; and other representatives of the Armenian
American community. At the Armenian Heritage Park, President Sargsyan visited
the Armenian Genocide Memorial, where he laid a wreath in memory of the victims
of the Genocide.


“A lot of the survivors of the genocide over the years ended up in the US and found refuge here and found freedom and found hope and new lives,” Armenian Assembly of America Herman Purutyan said after the ceremony, reports the Boston Globe. “So that’s why [there is a] very, very close connection between Armenians, Armenians around the world, and the United States.”

Concluding the tour of the park, President Sargsyan also
paid tribute at the Holocaust Memorial, placing a symbolic stone on the grave,
which is customary in Jewish culture.

More photos from Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s visit
to the United States are available here.

Photo Caption 1 (L-R): Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and
Armenian Assembly of America Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian leaving the Old North
Church of Boston.

Photo Caption 2: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan laying a
wreath in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide at the Armenian
Heritage Park in Boston, MA.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan Arrives in U.S.

On March 28, President Serzh Sargsyan arrived in Watertown,
Massachusetts, where many residents of the Armenian diaspora have lived for the
past two centuries, establishing a strong Armenian American community.

Sargsyan’s first visit was at the Armenian Library-Museum of America, founded
in 1971. The museum has a collection of Armenian cultural heritage, including
coins, articles made of ceramics, pottery, carpets, religious articles, stamps,
textile, metal work, maps, printed works, and a rich collection of medieval
miniatures. The President toured the library-museum, enjoying the exhibits and
speaking with the staff about this cultural establishment’s activities.
President Sargsyan ended his tour by presenting a picture of Jansem to add to
the museum’s collection.

Serzh Sargsyan visited Paykar Center of Ramkavar Liberal Party and Hairenik
Center of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, where they discussed the
activities of these two Armenian parties and conditions in which they work.
Hairenik Center of Boston is the oldest Armenian center on the east coast,
which is the headquarters of the Armenian Relief Society, Hairenik Armenian
Radio, Armenian Weekly, and Hayrenik Weekly.

his first day in the U.S., President Sargsyan also visited the Armenian
Churches of Saint Stepanos, located on Artsakh Street, and Holy Trinity. His
last meeting yesterday concluded at the Holy Trinity Church concluded, where
he wrote in the Book of Honorary Guests, stressing the special role of the
Armenian Church in the preservation of the Armenian identity and highlighting
the importance of its historic mission.

More photos from Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s visit to
the United States are available here.