03, 2016

In Massachusetts, President Serzh Sargsyan visited the Old North Church and Armenian Heritage Park

President Serzh Sargsyan, who is at the United States on a working visit, continues his meetings in Massachusetts with the representatives of the Armenian structures, which enjoy high repute and play a considerable role in this state, community figures, as well as with the representatives of the state authorities which stand out with their activities and promote Armenia and Armenians, and other friends of the Armenian nation.

On March 29, Serzh Sargsyan visited the Old North Church of Boston. A holy liturgy was served with the participation of the vicar of the Church T. Stephen Ayres and Armenian clergy. This Episcopal church was the first that back in 18th century allowed Armenian immigrants arriving to the US to serve liturgy in the church. The Church which was built in 1723 in the northern part of Boston, is the oldest church building in Boston. The visit of the President of Armenia to the Old North Church, which had a significant impact on the American Revolution, is meant to pay tribute to one of the symbols of the American independence and show appreciation toward this church and in general to the Anglican Church for their benevolent attitude toward Armenians.

Later, Serzh Sargsyan visited the Armenian Heritage Park which was created to commemorate the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and other subsequent genocides as well as to glorify the great contribution of the Armenian Americans and other immigrants who settled in Massachusetts and Boston. Accompanied by the former governor of Massachusetts Patrick Deval, who played a great role in the creation of the Park, representatives of the Boston City Hall, Co-chair of the Massachusetts Committee on coordination of the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide James Galustian, Sheriff of Middlesex county, member of the Executive Committee of the Armenian Heritage Fund, which carried out the construction works of the Park, Peter Koutujian, other members of the Fund and representatives of the Armenian community toured the Park, where the Armenian Heritage Park is located, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial, laid a wreath and paid tribute to the memory of the victims of the Genocide. At the conclusion of the tour, President Serzh Sargsyan also paid tribute at the Holocaust Memorial.

The March 29 schedule of the President’s working visit includes also a number of other events.

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