UNION CITY, N.J.—On Fri., May 24, city officials in Union City hosted the annual flag raising ceremony in observance of the establishment of the First Independent Republic of Armenia. The program was opened with a prayer by Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian of Sts. Vartanantz and included members of the Board of Commissioners and other officials who recognized the long history and contributions made by the Armenian community in Union City.
The flag was raised to the singing of “Mer Hairenik” as city officials and members of the Armenian community of New Jersey looked on. A proclamation was read and presented to Haroutune Misserlian, an educator, lecturer, and active community leader for the last four decades in the New York and New Jersey communities. Misserlian accepted the proclamation as a representative of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of New Jersey.
Local resident Vergine Tegrarian established this annual observance 15 years ago when she presented the city with the Armenian flag used in the ceremony.
Very Rev. Vazken Karayan of Holy Cross Church in Union City concluded the ceremony with a prayer. The event was followed by a reception.