YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Special celebrations were held Sunday to mark Victory Day in Armenia–the 54th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War II and the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation. The day was marked in Armenia with congratulatory messages–bestowing of medals and a solemn ceremony at Yerevan’s victory park.
On Saturday–Armenia’s minister of social security Gagik Yeganyan issued special congratulatory messages to the three recipients of the Soviet medal of honor who live in Armenia–as well as Armenia’s workers–military personnel–law enforcement officers and veteran’s organizations.
President Robert Kocharian led a group of government officials to Yerevan’s Victory park where wreaths were laid at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Joining the president were prime minister Armen Darbinian–National Assembly Speaker Khosrov Haroutiounian and several members of parliament and government officials.
Tens of thousands of Armenian soldiers fought during World War II in six platoons which were dispatched by the Soviet Army from Armenia. Of those divisions–four actually reached Berlin and fought alongside Allied Forces to liberate Germany from the Nazis.
According to officials records–some 20,000 World War II veterans currently reside in Armenia. Throughout the years–107 Armenian citizens have been named Soviet heroes–38 of whom were given the honor posthumously.
Furthermore–27 Armenia’s were awarded the Soviet medal of honor.