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Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Shushi Liberation Celebrated in Artsakh

 

SHUSHI, Artsakh (A.W.)—Ceremonies and celebrations took place in Artsakh on May 9, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Artsakh Defense Army, the Liberation of Shushi, and Victory Day.

Ceremonies and celebrations took place in Artsakh on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Artsakh Defense Army, the Liberation of Shushi, and Victory Day. (Photo: Public Radio of Armenia)

On May 9, the festivities began with a visit to the Stepanakert Memorial Complex by the Artsakh leadership, an official delegation from Armenia, and the people of Artsakh. There, the Presidents of Artsakh and Armenia—Bako Sahakyan and Serge Sarkisian—paid tribute the memory of the fallen heroes of the Artsakh Liberation Movement.

Armenian President Sarkisian then visited Shushi and laid flowers at the Tank memorial and the statue of Vazgen Sargsyan. The president was also present at the concert held at Vazgen Sargsyan Square and observed the city’s arts and crafts exhibition.

A scene from the celebration (Photo: Public Radio of Armenia)

In his Victory Day address, President Sarkisian stressed the importance of May 9 for the Armenian people. “The liberation of Shushi saved not only Stepanakert but also the entire people of Artsakh from physical annihilation,” read his address. “This epic deed of the Armenian warriors and its compound historic significance are so overarching that they are still being studied and analyzed by researchers.”

Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan, in his congratulatory address, called the Artsakh Liberation War one of the greatest victories in Armenian history. Sahakyan honored those who were martyrs in the war and also praised those who are currently defending the frontlines.

A scene from the military parade (Photo: Public Radio of Armenia)

Meanwhile His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan also took part in the day’s festivities and attended the celebration at Victory Park.

A military parade dedicated to Victory Day was also held in Stepanakert, during which weapons and artillery were displayed to the public.

 

 

2 Comments on Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Shushi Liberation Celebrated in Artsakh

  1. avatar Juan Morales // May 9, 2017 at 1:31 pm // Reply

    Congratulations, you all deserve to live in peace and free!!!

  2. I understand that the article is about the liberation of Shushi, but in Armenia it is celebrated along with the V-Day that marked the end of WWII. And I’d wish to see a paragraph or two honoring Armenians’ contribution to the V-Day. About 500,000 Armenians, a significant number in proportion with the total population of the Armenian Soviet Republic estimated at about 1,400,000 in 1941, served in the Red Army, which played a key role in achieving victory over fascism. Some 175,000 of these were killed or became MIA. Armenians gave the Red Army five marshals and sixty generals, as well as one hundred and six Heroes of the Soviet Union.

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