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.”
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.
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.
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.