SHUSHI (Armenpress)–In a ceremony held on May 9–the Tufenkian Foundation unveiled a relief model depicting the May 9–1992 liberation of Shushi–the military operation widely regarded as the turning point in the Karabagh war–after which Armenia’s succeeded in removing Azeri occupation from the enclave.
The ceremony was held at the Shushi Historical Museum–which now houses the model in a special display hall created for this purpose. Levon Garibyan–a specialist from the Armenian State Geodesy Institute–created the model.
Opening the ceremony was Armen Harutunian of the Tufenkian Foundation–who explained that the model is designed to heighten public pride and awareness of Shushi’s liberation–how it was accomplished and its historic military significance. He then introduced Antranig Kasbarian–also of the Foundation–who explained that the Shushi model project forms part of the Foundation’s efforts to renovate the Shushi museum–as well as of larger efforts to revitalize Shushi.
"This small ceremony serves to highlight one of the illustrious pages of our past–and how Shushi is indelibly linked with the Armenian cause for liberation," he said. "At the same time–we cannot content ourselves with past accomplishmen’s; the true liberation of Shushi will come when we rebuild this historic city from its war-torn status–brick by brick–into a living–vibrant place where Armenia’s may flourish."
Harutunian explained that the model has been sponsored in memory of the late Vahe Maroukhian–an Armenian-American activist who was devoted to Shushi’s liberation–as well as the Armenian Cause. Vahe’s sister–Shaghig Maroukhian–was also on hand to convey her words of appreciation.
Attendees were treated to a live-action demonstration of the model–conducted by Shushi Museum director Ashot Harutunian. Harutunian depicted the various military positions and lines of attack involved in the operation–assisted by light-activated routes shown on the model.