MOSCOW (Yerkir)–Moscow Armenia’s gathered on May 18 to celebrate May 28 Independence Day at an event "Aram Manoogian: National Figure and Statesman," organized by the Moscow ARF Hai Tahd office .
Moscow ARF representative Hakob Ispirian–said when celebrating the independence of the First Republic–we commemorate its founder Aram Manoogian who helped make Armenian independence a reality.
Keynote speaker Yuri Navoyan–vice-chairman of the Moscow ARF Hai Tahd office–praised the ARF member–soldier and commander–teacher–minister–and skillful organizer Aram Manoogian–for his efforts in Baku and Kars–and his success in organizing the battle of Sardarabad. "Manoogian," emphasized Navoyan–"led his life under the flag of the Dashnaktsutiun–inspired by the party’s ideas."
The speaker noted that the Dashnaktsutiun not only gave birth to those ideas that have formulated Armenian political culture–but also produced a bright constellation of national figures and statesmen; the lives and activities of any of them–and Aram with his unique appeal and fascination–can be compared to those of great modern politicians.
Applauding the role of May 28–Navoyan said the event enabled Armenia’s not only to gain freedom and lay the foundations for present day Armenia–but also allowed Armenia’s to finally become citizens of their country–to acquire civil rights and elect a parliament for the first time.
"Today–when we face the necessity to strengthen our statehood–reinforce the victory of Artsakh through diplomacy–and deepen partnerships with the Diaspora–the May 28 independence celebration refreshes our collective memory–and emerges as an opportunity for each of us to make correct choices," declared Navoyan.
The event was especially meaningful with the presence of Aram Manoogian’s 85-year-old daughter Seda–who resides in Moscow.
A performance of national–classical–folk and war music wrapped up the event. The Moscow Armenian choir–Armenian renowned artists Svetlanna Navasardian–Maria Gambarian–the "Kusan" ensemble–as well as other celebrated Armenian performers performed pieces by Naregatsi–Komitas–Aram Khachatrian and others.