PLOVDIV–Organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) youth of Plovdiv–Bulgaria–a pilgrimage to the monument to Bedros Seremjian–Onnig Torosian and others heroes took place on June 29 in Plovdiv.
Seremjian headed a mixed Armenian-Macedonian group in 1901 to battle Turkish troops in the Turko-Bulgarian border region–before they were captured and hanged in Adrianople (Edirne). Seremjian also took part in the small battles of Van–Shadakh–and was one of the most active and popular members of Bulgaria’s ARF.
Pilgrims included citizens–friends and relatives of the heroes–and representatives of sister organizations–including the Homenetmen’scouts–and Bulgarian unions.
ARF’s Vachagan Giligian recalled Seremjian’s last words: "Yes–I am a revolutionary–but don’t forget that–today–I represent an ideology. Do you think that it is possible to hang an ideology at the gallows?"
The ceremony ended with the singing of "Verkerov Li," a nationalistic song dedicated to Seremjian.