Eternal Valley Breaks Ground on New Armenian Garden

Groundbreaking ceremony of the 'Garden of Sardarabad' at the Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California
Groundbreaking ceremony of the 'Garden of Sardarabad' at the Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California

Groundbreaking ceremony of the ‘Garden of Sardarabad’ at the Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California

NEWHALL, Calif.—Honoring its commitment to provide a welcoming environment for everyone in the communities it serves, Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, a local Dignity Memorial provider, announced that it will build a special garden designed specifically to honor traditions and beliefs in the Armenian culture. A small ground-breaking for the new Garden of Sardarabad and the commemorative monument, was celebrated on April 19 with members of the community and clergy who consecrated the grounds.

“At Eternal Valley we recognize that there are many varied beliefs and traditions for honoring and remembering lost family and friends,” said Curtis Woods, II, general manager of Eternal Valley Memorial Park. “The Garden of Sardarabad is an example of our dedication to understanding, working with, and serving the diverse cultures of our neighbors and the communities we serve.”

The groundbreaking was celebrated by Arthur Keledjian, Market Sales Manager, Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Father Serovpe Alanjian, St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church in Santa Clarita, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, St. Leon Armenian Apostolic Church in Burbank, Father Shnork Demirjiam, St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Van Nuys, Curtis Woods, General Manager, Eternal Valley Memorial Park.

The Garden of Sardarabad is expected to be completed by December 2017. Eternal Valley is currently accepting pre-developed sales with special discounts. For more information, call (626)590-7528.

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  1. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Oh just great. Another ODAR mortuary and Odar owned cemetary. Traditionally, Armenians have owned their own cemetarys. Fee simple. Anything short of that, no matter what assurances they give you, there’s no such thing as “in perpetuity”. Look at Arshile Gorky’s grave. The family bought all the plots around it, but like mushrooms, there are odar graves surounding and on those plots. We need church owned and managed cemetaries. With a million Armenians living, there must be a million dying. At an average of $ 10,000 per burial, times a million equals 10,000,000,000 US dollars. Thats 10 billion dollars , every time the US Armenian population gets replaced. We give our “guzzelim Parasi to the dushmanlari.” So when the Jewish owners of Forrest Lawn dedicates a section to the Armenians, we are so happy, like children being led around with a piece of candy.

  2. Garen Yegparian said:

    Associating Sardarabad with death, graves, a cemetery, is a bit discomfiting, even though the basic idea of an Armenian section is excellent.

  3. Armenian Christian said:

    We have the most pointless priorities as a community here in this country it’s embarrassing

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