TORRANCE–Calif.–On Sunday June 20–47 Armenian Youth from all around Southern California took their Oath to join the ran’s of the Armenian Youth Federation. The 47 young AYFers from the ages of 16 and 26 participated in a three month Novice educational program which was implemented by the Armenian Youth Federation Central Executive.
During the three-month Novice educational program every Sunday the Novices received two educationals. The educationals varied from Armenian History–the Armenian Revolutionary Movement–The Armenian Armed Struggle–the "Fedayee Movement"–and current issues dealing with Armenia. The Novices followed the Novice educational program with the utmost enthusiasm and discipline.
At 3 p.m. the Novices stood in front of their fellow AYF members and took their AYF oath.
The important task of administering the oath was undertaken by ARF Central Committee Member Bedig Kazandjian who congratulated the Novices on their dedication and commitment to join the ran’s of the AYF.
Kazandjian said the AYF is a place where members come to work. Members joining the organization must understand that this organization is a place where every member gives all they can at all times–without expecting anything in return except personal fulfillment.
"Years ago when the youth struggled and dreamed to have a free and independent Armenia. When the youth dreamed to have the Armenian Tri-Color next to all the other flags of the world in front of the United Nations building. When the youth dreamed to liberate Karabakh. All those dreams where said to be impossible to achieve–however those people who believed in these dreams struggled for their dream and made sure these dreams became a reality. Today we have a free and Independent Armenian however the youth should work to see that the dream of so many people to have a United Armenia also becomes a reality," added Kazandjian.
"Some of the you will become lawyers–some of you will become politicians–some of you will become writers–some of you will become successful businessman and some of you will become freedom fighters. The writer wouldn’t succeed without the freedom fighter and the freedom fighter wouldn’t succeed without the politician. All these different aspects working hand in hand will make our dream to have a United Armenian come true," said Kazandjian.