GLENDALE–More than 1,500 community members gathered at the Glendale High School Auditorium Sunday to take part in the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s 118th anniversary celebration, which provided a wide accounting for activities of the party in the previous year and highlighted upcoming programs.
Among the attendees were ARF Bureau member Dr. Viken Hovsepian, leader of the "Heritage" party of Armenia Raffi Hovannisian, Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Liloyan, Western Prelate Arch. Moushegh Mardirossian, Western Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the leader of the Armenian Catholic community Father Antoine Saroyan, as well as representatives of the Armenian Relief Society and Homenetmen Central and Regional executives, and the representative of the Hamazkayin Regional Executive.
The Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter scouts led flag procession and following the singing of the US and Armenian national anthems, the program, which was themed "From Generation to Generation" featured video presentations and speeches. Masters of Ceremonies Sipan Parseghian and Talar Derderian walked the audience through the multi-faceted program.
Remarks were presented by ARF Western US Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian, ARF Shant Student Association representative Armen Aboulian, followed by the keynote speaker, the chairman of the ARF Lebanon Central Committee Hovig Mkhitarian.
The cultural portion of the program featured performances by singers Anna Armenakian, Avo Ashjian and Nersig Ispirian.
More coverage of the event will be featured in upcoming editions of Asbarez.