On the first day, students visited Dadivank and Gandzasar Monastery, got acquainted with the history of monasteries, and also made study visits to the historical places in Stepanakert and Shushi. All the way was full of patriotic mood, singing and dancing.
On the next day, students were received at one of the military units, where Leonid has completed his military career. They had prepared a concert program to pay tribute to Leonid Azgaldyan.
“Leonid Azgaldyan was the first to speak about the need of the regular army. That time, many people did not understand, because Leonid’s character was sharp, but he was sure that the guerilla movement cannot be effective in the liberation struggle. And he laid the foundation of the national army,” - said YSU Rector Aram Simonyan.
YSU Trade Union President Armen Avetisyan stated that YSU programs combine various events dedicated to the memory of freedom fighters: “Our goal is to promote the military-patriotic education of the generations, keeping links between the modern-day heroes and organizing cognitive events about our fallen heroes.”
Soldiers were greeted by the Director of the Institute of History of NAS RA Ashot Melkonyan, Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies Gurgen Melikyan, Head of Chair of Armenian Literature Samvel Muradyan and Artistic Director of “Karin” folk ensemble Gagik Ginosyan.
On the way back students made a stop at the monument of Leonid Azgaldyan. Gagik Ginosyan, who was also the member of the detachment of L. Azgaldyan, told about the most important episodes of their military career.
On the third day of the visit to Artsakh our delegation opened a Park after Leonid Azgaldyan in Berdzor.
According to the Rector, such events are of vital importance: “Several times a year students and professors implement different programs in Artsakh. The establishment of the park is a symbol of immortality. By participating in this tree planting, we are confident that this wonderful piece of our homeland is an eternal one.”
Director of the Centre for Student Affairs Vahagn Varagyan states that visit program to Artsakh includes students who have never visited Artsakh before: “In the context of the nation-army ties the communication of students with soldiers is very important.”
Student Council Chairman Armen Khachikyan also highlighted the meeting with soldiers: “Students learn of our previous days, our image, how it was shaped, what hardships have been in the process of liberation of our homeland.”
Our delegation also was received by the Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan and visited Artsakh State University, where a memorandum on cooperation was signed.
The project is implemented by YSU and the YFA financial support.