LOS ANGELES–The Armenian community of Southern California concluded its Armenian Independence Day celebrations with a picnic-festival held at Glendale High School on May 30. Organized by the Armenian Youth Federation–the event celebrated the significance of Armenia’s victories in establishing an independent Armenia on May 28–1918.
Featuring well-known singers and performers including Nersik Ispirian–Joseph Krikorian–Paul Baghdadlian–Armenchik–Ara Shahbazian–Ararat–Vatche Hagopian–Sako–and Antoine Bezjian–all accompanied by the Knar Band–the mixed crowd of over 3,000 enjoyed cultural and patriotic songs.
"We are honored to provide our community a vibrant venue through which they can celebrate our first independence," said Garo Kiledjian–director of the organizing committee. "While celebrating the victories of 1918–we must always continue our work to overcome the many challenges our nation faces today," he said.
Community organizations including the Armenian Relief Society–Shant Student Association–Homenetmen–and the ANCA–were on hand to distribute organizational information to the crowd. The picnic concluded at 6pm with "Aryunod Trosh," performed by Nersig Ispirian.