His Holiness Karekin II–together with his clergy entourage and the clergymen of the Western Diocese–on May 12–2001–will pay an official visit to the Armenian Martyr’s Monument in Montebello–where a Requiem Service will be held for the souls of the 1.5. million Armenian martyrs. On this special occasion there will be a Youth Rally organized by the Armenian Church Youth Organization of the Western Diocese under the leadership of George Mandosian.
Diocesan Primate Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian–who accompanied His Holiness Karekin II in his entourage and visited Der Zor on April 24th ,as a pilgrim–upon his return to Los Angeles–brought with him sand and relics of martyrs from Der Zor. During the Requiem Service the sand and relics will be placed in a special place.
On the occasion of the 1700th anniversary–the Armenian Church Youth Organization under the direction of George Mandosian will present a special program at the Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Monument. His Holiness Karekin II will deliver his message to the Armenian youth.