ABARAN–(Yerkir)–Hundreds attended the consecration of the Dro Memorial stone and requiem service at the Bash Abaran memorial. Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian officiated the religious ceremony dedicated the hero of the liberation struggle of 1918 and the last defense minister of the first Republic of Armenia–General Dro Kanayan.
ARF-Armenia Youth Organization members–Homenetmen Armenia’scouts and guests from the Diaspora attended the ceremonies.
Zori Balayan declared that youth should study the independence movement of 1918 and strive–in everyday life–to embody the spirit of General Dro.
In his speech–ARF Supreme Council member and National Assembly deputy Armen Rustamian said that each second of General Dro’s life was tied to his nation and his people–thus. . . " His boundless patriotism helped him to never err during critical episodes."
Armenia’s defense minister Serge Sarkissian–National Assembly deputies–and other officials placed memorial wreaths at General Dro’s memorial stone.