Hagop Manjikian’s address to the family of Yelena Mikaelian Chelyapova’s family in the chapel

Grieving Nickolas-Kristapor and family,

On this sad occasion, we are here to share your sorrow and to pay our last respect to your mother Yelena.
Some of us here had never met Yelena. What brought them here to her funeral is the respect they carry in their hearts towards the name and the memory of her grandfather Kristapor Mikaelian, the principal founder of the organization called Dashnaktsutiun, whom they are either members or sympathizers of.
Krisatpor, whose ideals and deeds are followed by many Armenia’s in Armenia and around the world after 100 years of his death, was also the idol of 5 Armenian past generations.
Up until 2003, it was believed that the succession of Krisapor’s family had ceased. The consensus was that his only son, Ruben and his wife were victims of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917 and thereafter.
Five years ago, when the news broke that Kristapor’s granddaughter Yelena and her son Nickolas, with his family were living in Los Angeles, every one of us, especially my wife Knar and I, were Jubilant.
Yelena’s fragile health, especially the language barrier between us, limited our visits to her. But with the help of your translations, Nickolas, during those few precious encounters we had with her and with your observations of her, we came to the conclusion that Yelena was a person with a noble character and with a unique personality; that she possessed a strong sense of reasoning, just like her grandfather Kristapor had; that she was loyal to her roots, especially her Armenian roots; and most importantly, she had a burning avidity for the knowledge of her Armenian heritage, of which she was deprived because of sad circumstances.
This made us so proud of her on behalf of myself and my comrades, may we bow to her memory.

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