ANJAR–The 89th anniversary of the historic battle of Musa Ler and the 65th anniversary celebration of the formation of Anjar–kicked off this year on September 18 in Anjar.
From morning on–both young and old gathered to re-establish their pilgrimage. After the lamb "madagh," the preparation of the traditional "herissa" began.
In the evening–ARF "Garmeer Ler" educational committee organized a public gathering–with Movses Herguelian offering the opening remarks. He stated that the battle of Musa Dagh was a historic event that provided a standard for the entire world.
The festive evening continued with Mampre Simonian singing patriotic songs for nearly two hours–inspiring the spirit of revolution passed down from their ancestors.
With the traditional "davul–zourna," the evening came to an end with dancing and keeping alive the eternal memory of Musa Dagh’s eighteen martyrs–who lost their lives in 1915 during the bloody battle. Their tombs are on the Mountain of Musa (Samandagh today) near the monument dedicated to them.
The celebration continued the next day–as a congratulatory message forwarded by President Robert Kocharian was read by Armenia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Areg Hovhannisian. Kocharian noted that Musa Dagh serves as a symbol of Armenian spirit and patriotism.