ALEPPO (Armenpress)—Despite the dire conditions in Aleppo, the Armenians of Aleppo commemorated the victims of the Armenian Genocide in a series of events and ceremonies, as reported by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Syria. On April 24, Armenian organizations in Aleppo held a major commemorative ceremony, which was attended by leaders of Syrian-Armenian communities, the Consul General of Armenia in Aleppo Tigran Gevorgian, members of Syrian-Armenian organizations and large crowds of people.
The event began with opening remarks by Artel Chirishian in Arabic. Chirishian reflected on the human, cultural and material damages that the Armenian Genocide caused and the fact that the indigenous Armenians of the Ottoman Empire were deported from their ancestral lands.
The speech was followed by performances by the Zvartnots Choir, followed by poetry devoted to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
An event was held at Aleppo’s Kevork Yesayan Hall, where songs, music, and poetry were performed in commemoration of the centennial. The event featured keynote speaker Jirayr Reisian, who spoke about national identity, the style and mindset of Komitas, as well as the presence of themes of patriotism and liberation in the works of Komitas.
The event took place under auspices of Aleppo’s Central Committee of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and organized by the literary committee of the “Nikol Aghbalyan” chapter of Hamazkayin.
Under the patronage of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, the cornerstone of a memorial to the Armenian Genocide was laid Sunday in the Old City of Damascus, SANA reports.
The memorial, which commemorates the Centennial of the Genocide, will be built in the square next to the Armenian Orthodox Archbishopric near Bab Sharqi Arch in Old Damascus.
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East Mar Ignatius Aphram II Karim, Primate of the Armenian Church of Damascus Bishop Armash Nalbandian and a number of heads of Christian denominations in Damascus took part in the cornerstone laying ceremony that witnessed a wide popular participation.
Islamic scholars, a number of members of parliament, ministers and governors were also present.
Before the ceremony, a Holy Mass was held at St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church in Damascus led by Primate Nalbandian.