YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Monday marked the 13th anniversary of the death of Karabagh war hero Shahen Meghrian and Nigol Aghbalian Student Union member Grigor Grigorian. Marking the date–eleven new members were inaugurated into the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF).
The ceremony was attended by Meghrian’s relatives–officials–and students visiting the hero’s grave. Parliament Vice Speaker and ARF Bureau member Vahan Hovannisian–who was also godfather of the ceremony–said the new members were taking their oaths at the grave of one of the most beloved heroes of the ARF who–if alive–could have held a top post at the Defense Ministry. The eleven students took their inauguration oaths with their hands on the ARF charter–program–and a weapon.
Hovannisian said–"We swear on the charter since it unites us for our work–we swear on the program because it unites us for our ideas–and we swear on the weapon–which symbolizes not only war–but also struggle–freedom–and the defense of our country."