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AGBU 87TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATES PARTICIPATE IN THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE ARMENIAN BENEFACTORS’ ALLEY

On October 20th, AGBU 87th General Assembly delegates, headed by AGBU President Berge Setrakian, attended the solemn opening of the Armenian Benefactors’ Alley near the Mikayel Nalbandian statue at Oval Park in Yerevan. Busts of great Armenian benefactors - Boghos Nubar, Alexander Mantashyan, Alex Manoogian, Calouste Gulbenkian, Mikayel Aramyants and Hovhannes Lazaryan - as well as a monument symbolizing the collective image of benevolence were placed at Oval Park upon the initiative of the RA Ministry of Diaspora. Speakers at the official opening ceremony were Diaspora Minister Hranoush Hakobyan and AGBU President Berge Setrakian. Bishop Anoushavan Zhamkochyan delivered the pontifical address of the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.

The ribbon at the Alley entrance was cut by Minister Hakobyan, Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan and AGBU President Berge Setrakian. After the official opening ceremony, guests toured the Alley, laid flowers at the monuments and became acquainted with the brief biographies of the benefactors. The patriotic performances by the brass orchestra of the RA Armed Forces and the Military Choir moved all those present to their feet and concluded the evening with the entire audience dancing along to the patriotic music. The solemn opening ceremony of the Alley was attended by high-ranking guests from Armenia and the Diaspora.