National Burial for Sevak Saginian

GLENDALE–The weary body of Sevak Saginian was laid to rest on Friday–October 17.

The national funeral service of the well-known Iranian-Armenian national and political figure took place at St. Mary’s Church of Glendale. The Very Reverend Vrouyr Demirjian officiated due to the absence of Prelate Moushegh Archbishop Mardirossian–who was out of the country.

The casket of the deceased was draped with the Armenian tricolor and accompanied by a Homenetmen honor guard composed of boy and girl scouts.

Present were the clergy–members of the ARF Central Committee of the Western United States–representatives of the Prelacy Executive Council and the regional and local executives of affiliated organizations–and a large number of the deceased’s comrades and friends who had come to pay their last respects.

After the funeral service–Arsen Danielian–esquire–delivered a eulogy on behalf of the ARF Central Committee. He presented the life of Sevak Saginian–the man–in particular his role in the public life of Armenia’s in Iran as a member of the Iranian Parliament–a founder of the Ararat athletic and educational association–and an ARF leader.

"Unger Sevak was a part of our history of the last 100 years–he helped make it and today has passed into history as one who has fully accomplished his work," Danielian said.

The Very Reverend Demirjian stressed the deceased’s life of public service–saying that he spared nothing in the service of the nation to which he was born. In the name of the Prelate and the prelacy–he expressed condolences to relatives and friends of the deceased.

After the funeral services–the body of Sevak Saginian was interred in Glendale’s Forest Lawn cemetery. The funeral meal (hokejash) took place at the Ararat Homenetmen Center.

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