Military Parade Highlights Independence Day Celebrations in Armenia

Armenia marked the 25th anniversary of Independence with a military parade
Armenia marked the 25th anniversary of Independence with a military parade

Armenia marked the 25th anniversary of Independence with a military parade

Thousands gather to celebrate Armenia's Independence at a military parade in Republic Squate

Thousands gather to celebrate Armenia’s Independence at a military parade in Republic Squate

Armenia showcased its newly acquired Iskander missile system during the parade

Armenia showcased its newly acquired Iskander missile system during the parade

YEREVAN—The 25th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence was marked by a sprawling military parade in the nation’s capital, with hundreds of Armed Forces troops marching on Republic Square. The parade also provided an opportunity for Armenia to showcase new missiles.

During the parade on Wednesday, the Armenian Armed Forces showcased, for the first time, Iskander tactical missiles and other advance military hardware recently acquired from Russia, with President Sarkisian hailing Armenia’s prowess by saying, “We have the power to defend our freedom and our rights. This parade is a testimony to that strength.”

Generation of Independence Concert in Yerevan

Generation of Independence Concert in Yerevan

The same evening, a concert called “Generation on Independence” was held at the Karen Demirjian Sports and Entertainment Complex.

The evening’s festivities concluded with a display of fireworks at Republic Square marking a quarter of century of independence.

The official festivities to mark this milestone anniversary began on Monday when the president and high-level officials visited the Yerablur National Cemetery to honor the fallen soldiers of the Artsakh war.

ARF Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian was awarded a medal by President Sarkisian

ARF Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian was awarded a medal by President Sarkisian

On Tuesday, at the presidential palace, Sarkisian awarded medals of appreciation at a special ceremony, as part of series of such events that took place throughout the three days.

ARF Bureau member Armen Rustamian being awarded by President Sarkisain

ARF Bureau member Armen Rustamian being awarded by President Sarkisain

Among the medal recipients were president of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and the His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

Also awarded on Tuesday was Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian and Bureau member and member of Armenia’s National Assembly Armen Rustamian.

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  1. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Armenia needs to arm with battlefield tactical Nuclear weapons. Everyone will blame Russia and we would be free of that fear. Fear of the apocaliypse. Turkish apocalypse.

  2. State of Emergency said:

    “We have the power to defend our freedom and our rights”…………that’s right, defend our freedom and rights from the same people who sold us the Iskander missiles. Let’s see how far that will take us!

  3. Norserunt said:

    As I see it, there can only be three explanations for our Russophobes: 1) They are cyber activists working for Western NGOs or intelligence agencies 2) They are politically ignorant and emotionally driven idiots 3) A combination of the aforementioned two. No other explanation can explain how an individual can be Russophobic in this day in age. The bottom line is this: No Russia in Armenia = no Armenia in the South Caucasus. It’s that simple. Had it not been for Russia’s military/economic support for the past 25 years, Armenia (a tiny, impoverished, remote, landlocked and blockaded nation surrounded by predators) would have been overrun by Turks/Azeris/Islamists many years ago. Therefore thank GOD for Russia! Thank GOD for President Putin.

    That said.

    Armenia is a TYPICAL developing nation with TYPICAL growing pains. Actually, when one considers that the country is small, poor, remote landlocked, blockaded and in a state of war since its independence, one may actually realize that Armenia is actually doing not so bad after all. It could have been much, much worst. But Armenia is alive and well. The constant, relentless complaints about the country are being propagated by Western intelligence agencies via their proxies (servants) in Armenian communities around the world. The net result: Today’s hysteria, panic, hate, hopelessness, disillusionment and thus, population flight. Armenians may think they are running away from “injustice”, “corruption” or “oligarchs” what they are actually doing is running away from all the constant negativity being propagated by Western powers. Injustice, corruption and oligarchs are much worst in most countries of the world. Yet, it sometimes feels like Armenians are the only ones fleeing from it. The Western agenda to weaken Armenia has achieved some success. Western interests want to foment a revolution in the country like the one they managed in Ukraine simply because Armenia is allied to Russia. This is why Western agents in Armenian society (and there are a lot of them) constantly air Armenia’s dirty laundry and this is why Western agents in Armenian society (and there are a lot of them) constantly bad mouth Russia. Trust me folks, had Armenia been in bed with Uncle Sam we wouldn’t be seeing any protests against our “corrupt leaders” or “oligarchs”. At the end of the day, we must realize that the Western agenda is alive and well in Armenia today only because we Armenians are foolish enough or, in the case of the thousands of Western funded NGO workers in Armenia, financially desperate enough to allow it. Anyway, despite all the hysterical rantings, be it in the homeland or in the diaspora, Armenia is slowly but surely developing and moving forward. People can begin developing a positive attitude and join in the long process of nation-building or continue staying on the murky sidelines and continue spewing their poison. Those who choose the latter are merely doing the bidding of Armenia’s enemies.

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