On 26th July, following the Divine Liturgy, a special commemoration ceremony was held at St Yeghishe Church in London in the loving memory of our fallen soldiers who gave their lives protecting our motherland and innocent families and children against Azerbaijani aggressions in the Tavush region of Armenia. Prayers were dedicated to peace and solidarity for our Homeland and for the protection and safety of all our soldiers on the front lines.
His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan addressed those gathered “When each of us lights a candle at this Armenian Khachkar of Holy Martyrs and asks God for peace for our country, let us renew our covenant with our homeland and reaffirm that we are against violence and war. We also stand for peace, justice and solidarity. This is not a sign of weakness, but of our lasting strength, remembering and reminding us of the allegorical words from Roman historian Virgilio’s in the first century BC: “Araks does not tolerate bridges.”
Gagik Kirakosyan, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the United Kingdom, paid tribute to the immortal memory of the servicemen who sacrificed their lives for the defense of the homeland, emphasising that the heroism of the boys is immortal. Noting that cases of violence and attempts against Armenian citizens and members of the Armenian community have been registered in different countries of the world recently, Kirakosyan called on our compatriots to be more vigilant and not to give in to any provocation.
The young members of Homenetmen with flags and banners led the procession to the Cross stone, where a wreath was laid and candles were lit. The service concluded with an Armenian Patriotic Military dance of Yarkhoushta performed by Akhtamar Performance Group.