Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School held their annual assembly to celebrate May 28, the day of Armenia’s first independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1918.
After many centuries of being under Ottoman rule, and dealing with grueling oppression, abolished rights, and the devastating Genocide of 1915, the people of Armenia’shouted in one voice that they would not vanish without a fight. Armenia’s won the battles of Sardarabad, Gharakiliseh, and Pash-Abaran. Armenia was free at last to claim itself internationally as an independent and sovereign nation, on May 28, 1918.
Ferrahian Student Council senior members organized this momentous celebration. Several pictures of fedayees, generals, and intellectuals, were presented to the student body. We honored their bravery and patriotism for the Independence we celebrate today.
The Student Council presented the historical background of the road to independence, its significance, and how it affects us today. They made one thing very clear; however, every Armenian owes his or her own life to all these individuals who fought with every ounce of strength, with every fiber of their being, to make our country free and sovereign in 1918. The seniors were followed by junior high students, who presented a patriotic dance, clad in the colors of the Armenian flag.
As a surprise, special guest Karnig Sarkissian, renowned patriotic singer, entertained the student body with songs dedicated to our war heroes, soldiers, and the ARF.
In closing, Sarkissian spoke to the seniors, conveying the importance of not only reaching higher levels of education, but returning to our roots, meaning our Armenian schools, to teach what we learned and keep our youth from assimilating.
“These institutions are really all that we have, and our Diaspora cares for them immensely,” he explained.
We raise the red, blue and orange tricolor high and proudly as we celebrate Independence Day.