GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee on Tuesday issued an announcement condemning the killing of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Armed Forces soldier Armen Hovhannisyan on Monday and announced a special requiem Mass on Sunday to commemorate the brave hero.
Below is the translated text of the announcement:
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee and all our members in the region respectfully bow to the memory of the heroic soldier Armen Hovhannisyan who was martyred during his service to protecting our national borders.
We unequivocally condemn Azerbaijan’s provocative maneuvers and reiterate our unwavering solidarity to the guarantor of the defense our nation—the armed forces.
Martyrdom in the name of protecting the Armenian homeland is the ultimate sacrifice in the eyes of the ARF and Armen Hovhannisyan became an example of that sacrifice by demonstrating his heroism and giving his life.
Let us honor the memory of our martyred hero. This Sunday, a requiem Mass will be said in memory of Armen Hovhannisyan and all other fallen soldiers at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale. Immediately following the Mass, a community gathering will take place in front of the Armenian Cross Stone located in the church courtyard.
ARF Western US Central Committee