By Mariam Hovnuni
Photos by Lusi Sargsyan
28-05-2016
Heroes of Our Days Program-when proud youth come together
On May 27, within the framework of the Heroes of Our Days Program, youth of Armenia and Artsakh visited Yerablur Military Pantheon where they bowed and laid flowers in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the homeland.

The Heroes of Our Days Program, the motto of which was “Rest in Peace, We Continue your Work”, was carried out by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

The goal of this program is to reinforce within the youth the feeling of patriotism, the love for the nation, help the youth show more respect towards the Armenian army and, most importantly, express the willingness to serve in the Armenian army.

“I believe this is an important event, especially since the youth of Artsakh came up with the idea. This goes to show that in the future, we will have a generation of Armenians who will stand on the border with the same spirit and willingness that our martyred boys stood. We have come here to bow in memory of those boys and assure that we will continue what they didn’t finish,” Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Arsen Karamyan told journalists.

Alvard Sargsyan is a representative of the NKR Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs. According to her, the events in April showed the world once again how we Armenians can unite as one against the Turks. “If it wasn’t for this unity, we wouldn’t have scored a victory. Unfortunately, we lost heroic boys in this war. So, we bow in front of them and their parents.”

After laying a wreath at Yerablur Military Pantheon, the youth headed towards Gyumri, the youth capital. They visited the pantheon of freedom fighters of Gyumri to pay tribute to the 14 Armenian boys of Shirak Province who died during the days of the war in April.

Under the leadership of Head of the Department of Youth Policies of the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Tamara Torosyan, the youth and the employees of the Ministries participated in the Holy Mass served at the “Seven Wounds” St. Mary Church in Gyumri, after which they visited the Youth Palace of Gyumri, which was recently renovated and will be officially opened in the future.

At the Youth Palace of Gyumri, Hayk Ghulyan from Artsakh performed his song “Artsakh”, reminding once again that Artsakh has owners who will never surrender to the enemy.

“We must not miss the opportunity and must always come and pay our tribute to our heroes. This song has a long history. This is one of those songs that are simply created. I didn’t put in any effort. I heard about and experienced the events in Artsakh,” Hayk stated in an interview with Eritasard.am and called on the mothers of the heroes to always know that it is thanks to their sons that Artsakh exists and belongs to the Armenians.

Let us add that the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Armenia and the Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs of Artsakh closely collaborate within the framework of programs aimed at raising the military and patriotic spirit of youth in the provinces of the Republic of Armenia and in Artsakh.

Gallery: Heroes of Our Days Program kicks off

Gallery: Heroes of Our Days Program in Gyumri