LAS VEGAS—At the invitation of the Las Vegas Armenian-American community, His Excellency Grigor Hovhannissian, the Armenian Ambassador to the United States visited Las Vegas to participate in the 25th Republic of Armenia’s Independence Day celebrations that took place at the Clark County Library Theater on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
All Las Vegas Armenian churches and organizations along with the Honorary Consulate of Armenia in Las Vegas participated in planning the celebration which took place in front of a sold out audience of 400. Over 50 local community youth took part in the program with Armenian musical performances, recitations, songs, and dances.
The program commenced with a flag presentation by the Homenetmen ‘Artsakh’ Chapter scouts followed by the singing of the Armenian and U.S. National Anthems by Naree Asherian. Lenna Hovhannissian, Esq. and Joe Djavairian proceeded to co-host the evening’s ceremony.
In his opening remarks, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia, Adroushan Andy Armenian stated that Armenians have been living in the State of Nevada for almost 100 years, evidenced by school records dating back to 1924. Currently, an estimated 20,000 Armenian-Americans call Las Vegas home.
In his closing remarks, H. E. Ambassador Hovhannissian congratulated the Las Vegas Armenian-American community and stated that the nation of Armenia needs its sons and daughters to be active and involved in their local communities, and that is what we witnessed at the event.
On Sunday, October 2nd prior to his departure, Hovhannissian visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Monument at Sunset Park where he laid a wreath respecting the memory of the 1.5 million who perished during the Armenian Genocide.
Office of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Las Vegas