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Celebrating Armenia’s Independence

Saturday, September 21, marks the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Armenia. Celebrations are planned in the homeland and in Armenian communities across the diaspora.The rebirth of the Armenian homeland is one of the most momentous developments in the history of the Armenian people. Armenia’s citizens voted for independence from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991, and the resulting free republic became a member of the United Nations on March 2, 1992.

To mark this 22nd anniversary, the Eastern Diocese and Armenia’s UN Mission are jointly sponsoring a bicycle ride down the East Side of Manhattan on Saturday, September 21. Participants will meet at St. Vartan Cathedral (Second Ave. at 34th St., New York) at 10 a.m., have a flag-raising ceremony at 10:15, and start the ride at 10:30, returning to the cathedral by 12 noon for refreshments.
The ride—led by Armenia’s UN ambassador Garen Nazarian, cathedral dean Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian, and Diocesan vicar Fr. Simeon Odabashian—is free and open to the public. To view a flyer with information on reservations and other important details, click here. http://gallery.mailchimp.com/727aaae8ea56658ecf4a092d5/files/ArmINdDayBikeRide_130909.pdf?utm_source=Eastern+Diocese+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=2bbf80b344-February_9_20122_9_2012&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f0172fcf2-2bbf80b344-159689078
On Sunday, September 22, parishes of the Eastern Diocese will conduct the “Order of Thanksgiving Prayer of the Republic of Armenia”. Click here to download the prayer booklet.
May our risen Lord bestow his grace on our homeland, keep it under his loving protection, and guide all its citizens—our brothers and sisters—in their heroic work to build a decent, prosperous, and just society.
Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

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