The Union of Zeitoun Armenians organized on November 9 a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Zeitoun Revolution. The event held at the Der Melkonian Hall in Bourdj Hammoud, was sponsored by His Holiness Aram I.
The event attracted community leaders including Primate of the Diocese of Lebanon, Bishop Kegham Khatcherian, the Armenian Ambassador in
In his opening remarks the union?s chairman, Berge Arabian, said 110 years after the ?greatest victory in the history of Zeitoun and
The legacy of the Zeitoun Revolution was then revived through poetry and music by performances by Hagop Mikaelian, Alina Guilvanessian-Dakessian, Arek Dakessian, Anayis Nenedjian-Gedigian and Ani Yepremian.
The speaker of the event, Harout Sassounain, stressed that in their struggle today Armenians should follow the steps of the brave Zeitountsi that fought in the revolution.
Himself a descendant of Zeitoun Armenians, Sassounian said that the means of the struggle have changed today, but the challenges remain the same: surviving as Armenians and defending the Armenian nation?s rights.
The speaker pointed out that the Armenian Cause is an international Cause today and said the results of this week?s
Concluding his speech, Sassounian said that the first Armenian school in the
The sponsor of the event, His Holiness Aram I, then said that being proud in the past is not enough, as it is essential to strengthen the present with the past and to look to the future.
His Holiness Aram I advised looking at the status of Armenian communities, and particularly the Lebanese-Armenian community, with a spirit of useful self-criticism. ?Presenting everyone as pink and beautiful is not right; on the contrary, it is harmful and destructive. Self-praise subjects us to regression and retreat in all fields. We should be realistic and see our mistakes; we should have the courage to correct our shortcomings and to look at our future with faith and self-confidence. This is how we can progress as a community and as a nation with all our communities and throughout
Commending the donation to the Armenian schools of
At the end of the event the Catholicos presented the medal of a ?Cilician Knight? to Dr. Sebouh Siserian, a descendent of Zeitoun Armenians, as an acknowledgement for his contribution to Armenian national life.
– Attendants at the Commemoration of the 110-Anniversary of revolution of Zeitoun, 9 November 2006, “Hagop Der Melkonian” hall, Bourj Hamoud,
– His Holiness decorates Dr. Sebouh Siserian with the ?Cilician Knight? insignia
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