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YEREVAN, MAY 9, ARMENPRESS: Armenia is celebrating today the 58th anniversary of Soviet victory in the World War II, which coincides with another important page in modern Armenian history, the 11-th anniversary of the liberation of the town of Shushi in Nagorno Karabagh. The country’s prime minister Andranik Margarian, defense minister Serzh Sarkisian, other top officials, foreign diplomats and thousands of elderly veterans and children laid flowers at a war memorial in Yerevan’s Hakhtanak (Victory) Park.

The official ceremony at Victory Park began with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the war, followed by a soldiers’ march past the eternal fire. Addressing the present defense minister Sarkisian said “we have to respect and keep alive the memory of our countrymen who contributed to the final victory in World War II bring a new era of peace and creation.”

Some 600,000 citizens of Soviet Armenia, which had at the beginning of 1941 only a two million population, took part in the war, but only half of them returned home alive. There are now about 13,000 living veterans left in Armenia.

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