At the official initiation ceremony Saturday–twenty-one youths joined the ran’s of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) by taking an oath. The new members took their oath at the Homenetmen Ararat Center in Glendale in front of about 100 ARF members.
The "Gnkahayr" of the ceremony was Professor Rubina Peroomian–who led the oath-taking ceremony and initiated the new members.
In her message–she said that this year’s ceremony coincides with May 28–the day on which the Armenian people established their independence in 1918. She stressed that to be an ARF member means to struggle for the rights of the Armenian people.
In his closing remarks–ARF Western Region Central Committee Representative Hovig Saliba told the new members–"With your participation–our struggle will become more powerful. Within the ran’s of the ARF–you will find new ideological allies–which you will never find anywhere else."
He added that we should all continue the struggle until the establishment of a unified Armenia.
After the ceremony–an event organized by the ARF Zavarian chapter was held for Independence Day. Karnig Sarkissian–and Harout Chekerian sang traditional and patriotic songs–as those in attendance celebrated Armenian independence.