NEW YORK–On Sun., July 28, the New York ARF “Armen Garo” Gomideh requested a Requiem Service and presented a program to mark the 30th anniversary of the Lisbon 5 event at the St. Illuminator Cathedral’s John Pashalian Hall.
Sossi Essajanian welcomed the attendees and sang the Armenian national anthem, “Mer Hairenik.” Mary Yaralian then spoke on behalf of the “Armen Garo” Executive on the importance of honoring the memory of the five young men who sacrificed their lives to bring international attention to the Armenian Cause.
Bedros Hovanessian sang the Lisbon 5 song, which was followed by the reading of Hovannes Shiraz’s poem “Lisboni Voghchagezneroun.” In his closing remarks, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian noted the importance of participating and being involved in the Armenian community, as well as working together for the Armenian Cause. The program concluded with the singing of “Verkerov Li.”
Also on July 28, the New York ARF “Armen Garo” Gomideh requested a Requiem Service and presented a program to mark the 30th anniversary of the Lisbon 5 event at St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church in Douglaston, NY.
Mher Janian opened the program by inviting attendees to join him in the singing of the Armenian national anthem, “Mer Hairenik.” In his opening remarks, he stressed the importance of remaining vigilant for the Armenian Cause.
Janian then invited Nazareth Markarian who spoke on behalf of the “Armen Garo” Gomideh. Markarian’s comments outlined the impact of the sacrifice made by the five youths who brought international attention to the Armenian Genocide.
A short video was then shown including pictures of the five youths and their own words about being Armenian, sacrifice, and fighting indifference. The program also included a musical presentation by Christapor Megerian who played “Hyortik” on the piano.
In his closing remarks, Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian, the pastor of St. Sarkis Church, spoke about always remembering the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and continuing the fight for justice.
The event concluded with the singing of “Harach Nahadag.”