PASADENA–A jubilee celebrating poet–grammarian–and teacher Zareh Melkonian’s sixty years of literary contribution–as well as his 80th birthday–took place on October 5 at the AGBU Alex Manoogian Hall in Pasadena–under the auspices of Archbishop Hovan Derderian.
The Hamazkayin Western Region–AGBU Cultural Committee–AGBU Tarouhi Hovagimian alumni–Nor Serount Cultural Association–the Cultural Committee of the Organization of Istanbul Armenia’s–and the Tekeyan Cultural Association joined forces to organize the gathering attended by more than three-hundred supporters.
A special encyclical by the Catholicos of All Armenia’s His Holiness Karekin II was read awarding Melkonian the Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Medal.
Professor Hagop Akiskal and Sarkis Vahakn served as the day’s speakers.