YEREVAN (Yerkir/Armenpress)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian–Prime Minister Andranik Margarian–Catholicos Karekin II–Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharian–and other officials and diplomats visited the Sardarabad memorial on May 28 to pay tribute to the soldiers who were killed during the famous battle for independence. The event also marked the 88th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Republic.
Kocharian took the opportunity to congratulate the Armenian people in a letter–saying that May 28 marks a milestone in Armenia’s nation-building–freedom–and democracy.
"Independence was a centuries-old goal for the Armenian people–which came true because of the national liberation struggle and especially because of the heroic battles in May 1918," said the letter.
"The First Republic of Armenia inspired the people with strength. It was the basis–on which Soviet Armenia and the current state were founded."
Independence Day celebrations continued all day in Yerevan and ended with a concert and salute in Victory Park.