GLENDALE–More than 600 community members gathered Friday at the newly constructed Glendale Homenetmen Ararat chapter hall to honor veteran activist and the former editor of Iran’s Alik newspaper Norair Elsayan for 50 years of service to the community and the Armenian nation.
The event–sponsored by the Burbank Homemetmen Sipan chapter was attended by Western Prelate Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian–representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee Vahe Bozoyan–Homenetmen Regional Executive chairman Manuel Marselian and executive member Leonard Manoukian and Steve Artinian–Western Prelacy Executive Council chairman Arsen Danielian and chairman of the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat chapter Viggen Davtian.
Master of Ceremonies Vahan Mehrabian welcomed the attendees and expressed that the evening was filled with pleasant nostalgic recollections as he and his fellow members and the community was reunited with a leader who had steadfastly marshaled the Armenian cause in Iran through his myriad contributions.
Burbank Sipan chapter president Norik Aboulian commended Elsayan for his 50 years of service to the Armenian community in Iran as well as the Armenian nation and highlighted the honorees role as an educator–activist and editor.
The keynote speaker of the evening–Elsayan’s long-time friend and colleague Sebouh Hovanessian–eloquently spoke of the honorees countless accomplishmen’s and congratulated the Sipan chapter for its vision in organizing such a singular event.
After the reading of the Prelate’s message–Mehrabian invited Elsayan to the stage–at which time the 600-strong crowd welcomed the honoree with loud applause and a standing ovation.
A visibly moved Elsayan–thanked those gathered at the event and extended a special message of gratitude to the ARF Western US Central Committee–the Homenetmen Regional Executive–as well as the Ararat and Sipan chapters.
In conclusion–Elsayan said that today the Armenian nation should be proud to have an independent homeland and urged all to continue to serve the homeland and the Armenian cause.
Elsayan’s 50th anniversary was marked by presentations by the Sipan and Ararat chapters–as well as the administration of Davitian-Mariamian fund–State Assemblyman Dario Frommer and representatives of the City of Glendale.
The evening’s program was concluded by a benediction said by Prelate Moushegh Mardirossian–following which those gathered celebrated to the performance of Ashot and his band.
The organizing committee has published a booklet chronicling Elsayan’s life and accomplishmen’s–with messages from Alik newspaper management–the prelates of Tehran and Western US–the Homenetmen Western Regional Executive and his friends and colleagues.