San Francisco AYF Honors Freedom Fighters

A scene from the San Francisco AYF event

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco AYF “Rosdom” Chapter organized an event on June 10 honoring the freedom fighters who fought during the Artsakh liberation movement. More than 150 community members attended the program, which took place at Vasbourgan Hall following church services.

Vana Andonian, Secretary for the Rosdom Chapter, served as Mistress of Ceremonies and welcomed guests to the event. St. Gregory Armenian Church Pastor, Archpriest Khoren Habeshian, welcomed guests, congratulated the AYF for their efforts and opened the event with a prayer.

The AYF then held a video presentation explaining the importance of the recently launched “With Our Soldiers (WOS)” campaign. Donations were collected throughout the event as part of the campaign’s efforts to assist veterans of the war with necessary medical treatments.

“We are truly indebted to the Azadamardik’s that went to the frontline and fought so that we have a free and independent Armenia and Artsakh,” stated Raffi Senekeremian, Chairman of the San Francisco AYF. “We are very thankful to all those that came to the event to support our soldiers and helped us raise money for such a great cause.”

ARF San Francisco “Krisdapor” Gomideh Chairman, Mr. Hrayr Sarkissian, congratulated the AYF on taking on such an important task and spoke about how several San Francisco community members fought on the frontline during the war.

AYF Western Region Chairman, David Arakelyan, was also on hand and spoke on behalf of the Central Executive.  “The time has come for us as a community to lead the way and lend moral, medical and financial support to those who played an instrumental role in the Artsakh liberation struggle,” he asserted.

For more information about the WOS campaign and further efforts to aid veterans of the Artsakh war, visit


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