Remains of National Heroine Moved to Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The remains of one of the most noted heroines of the national liberation movement–Sosse Mayrig (Sosse Vartanian) were moved from Alexandria Egypt to Armenia–for reburial in the homeland.

During a solemn ceremony Sunday–headed by Armenia’s Ambassador to Egypt Edward Nalbandian–the body was dug out from its resting place at the Armenian Cemetery in Alexandria to be moved to Armenia.

The ceremony was sponsored by the Armenian Relief Society and the Armenian Relief Cross of Egypt and was attended by numerous representatives of Armenian organizations and community members from both Alexandria and Cairo.

The reburial–organized by the ARS–is scheduled to take placed later this month in Yerevan’s Yerablour cemetery. The ceremony will also be a part of the national celebration of the 80th anniversary of Armenian independence and the establishment of the First Republic of Armenia.

In his remarks Nalbandian stated that for Sosse Mayrig to find her eternal resting place in the homeland was due to the rebirth of an independent Armenia nation–adding that the image of this heroine will always remain a symbol of nationalism and will serve as an example for future generations.

Sosse–who fought alongside her husband Serop Aghpiur–survived the Genocide and found her way to Alexandria–Egypt where she spent the last years of her life.

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