The ceremony was attended by the RA Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan, RA Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosyan, YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, deans of the faculties, professors, clergymen, students, as well as high-ranking guests from Slovenia.
The event started with the Lord’s Prayer and the priests blessed the monument. Though the initiators – Faculty of Theology and benefactors Hrachya and Harutyun Poghosyans had planned to dedicate this monument to the 20th anniversary of the Faculty of Theology, taking into account the symbol of the year, they it to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Bishop Anushavan Zhamkochyan noted that this column should be the covenant of loyalty, devotion and destination.
Mr. Dean expressed his gratitude to the philanthropists Hrachya and Harutyun Poghosyans noting that their willingness to show support is invaluable.
“Thanks to God’s will and our life force our people not only managed to escape from the scimitar, but to revive. This memorial is also a symbol of resurrection. Our students and staff will come here not only to commemorate, but also to show that our people have risen like a phoenix. Armenian youth is our hope for the future, let them come here and remember the victims of the genocide, but at the same time they should remember that our resurrected, reborn people is always looking to the future,” - said YSU Rector Aram Simonyan and awarded benefactors Hrachya and Harutyun Poghosyans medals and diplomas.
“Genocide has left its mark on all of us. Our family has also experienced this great tragedy: my grandfather was from West Armenia. I am grateful I was given the opportunity to unveil this monument at YSU. It will remind our youth and future generations of our losses. We will never forget about the 1.5 million victims,” - said Hrachya Poghosyan.
The author of the 7-meter memorial is Kamsar Vardanyan. At the end of the event flowers were laid to the memorial.