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Armenia celebrates 21st anniversary of army formation

Armenia celebrates 21st anniversary of army formation

PanARMENIAN.Net - 21 years ago, on January 28, 1992, Armenian government took a decision on the “Ministry of Defense of The Republic of Armenia.” A few months later, in May, 1992, the Defense Ministry declared the first military draft. Today, Armenia celebrates the21st anniversary of army formation.

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin will host a service on Jan 28 on the occasion of the holiday, with Diaspora Armenian high-ranking officials to be present. A wedding ceremony will be held in military pantheon Yerablur.

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“Sadly, that tragedy, that genocide, was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century,” Pope Francis said.
“May God bless Armenia, a land illumined by the courage of the martyrs and that hope which proves stronger than any suffering,” he said.
The pontiff will be greeted with the Hrashapar service which is traditionally offered as a service of welcome to top religious clerics.
Father Federico Lombardi said the papal visit underlines peace and the Pope’s desire to show his closeness to the entire nation of Armenia.
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