YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The opening ceremony of the first ever ARF Junior Organization’s (Badanegan) Armenia Pilgrimage was scheduled to take place Saturday at the Yerablur national cemetery with more than 150 participants from nine countries.
This annual event will last through August 5 and the juniors will stay at Aghavnadzor and make trips to different regions in Armenia.
Speaking at a news conference at the ARF Bureau headquarters Program Director Tatul Harutiunian said the program’s goal is educational.
The slogan of the program is "Armenia is my Homeland." He noted that the program will strengthen relation between the Homeland and the Diaspora. Juniors from Armenia–Javakhk and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will also participate in the program.
Saro Ter-Petrosian–the head of the Canadian delegation–said when selecting the participants–they have chosen those who had never been in Armenia before.
Harutiunian said that a larger number of participants was expected–but the current crisis in Lebanon prevented many from attending.