Thirty four new members joined the ran’s of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Western Region on Saturday–May 31.
Opening the ceremony Viken Gemijian–introduced those to be sworn in to the ARF ran’s.
ARF Bureau member Garo Armenian–who was also the keynote speaker at May 28 celebrations on Sunday–June 1–served as godfather of the ceremony.
Present were ARF Bureau member Dr. Vicken Hovsepian–members of the ARF Central Committee and a great number of ARF members.
Addressing the thirty four novices on their conviction to join the ARF–Unger Armenian stressed "I am convinced that each of your decisions have been made with great seriousness. In a while–when you are sworn in and give your oath to become a part of ARF’s ideological movement–you will take on the enormous obligation that an ARF Unger has toward our nation and our homeland. And each of us–along with you–renew our oath."
"You must realize–however–that in the life of a Tashnagtsagan–an oath is not a ceremonial event. It is something we live everyday–which conditions the direction of our collective lives. It is the great act of faith that receives life in each of our daily lives–and becomes a part of life’s story."
"I want to assure you that the coming years will change many things in the life of our organization–but the revolutionary nature of the ARF will never change. We will never become a party of the status quo."
Our people–Armenia and the Diaspora will face great challenges in the coming years–emphasized Unger Armenian– "You have arrived at the right time; our national cause awaits your devotion–your wisdom–your temerity and call."
Speaking on behalf of the Central Committee ARF West Region–Vahe Bozoian reminded those taking the oath the seriousness of an ARF member’s responsibilities–conveying that the road of political ideology is not an easy one–but with the wisdom received–they would able to persist–and–until the end of their lives–remain elevated.
After the ceremony–a celebration marking May 28th independence was held in the Pasadena Armenian Center.