Armenia and Karabakh mark V-Day and Shoushi Liberation Day on May 9

PanARMENIAN.Net - On May 9 Armenia marks the V-Day and the Day of Yerkrapah (Union of Volunteers of the Karabakh war). In connection with these holidays a number of events will be held in the republic. Particularly events of placing wreaths in "Yerablur" pantheon and Victory Park, as well as attending to the "Mother Armenia" museum are scheduled, Defense Ministry Spokesman colonel Seyran Shahsuvaryan told the PanARMENIAN.Net Participants of events with a minute of silence will honor the memory of those who perished their lives during battles, after which a military parade will be held. A concert will be organized in the Republic Square, which will be concluded by fireworks.

On May 9 Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh mark not only as V-Day in the World War II, but also as Shoushi Liberation Day, as well as the foundation day of the NKR Defense Army.

On May 9 in the Revival Square of Stepanakert a military parade of NKR Defense Army will be held. After it the Armenian delegation at the head of President Robert Kocharian together with NKR leadership and President Arkadi Ghukassian will visit the Memorial Complex of Stepanakert. They will place wreaths to the monument in memory of those who died during the war. An event of placing flowers to the tank-monument that first attacked Shoushi will be organized in Shoushi. In the center of Shoushi officials will also lay flowers to the monument of Vazgen Sargsyan, military leader and Prime Minister of Armenia, who was killed during Armenian National Assembly's session in 1999.

Besides the Center of Crafts will be opened in Shoushi. Also a photo exhibition entitled "Shoushi with Children's eyes" will be held. Participants of events will attend the St. Kazanchetsost Church of Shoushi. The "Shoushi Revival" Fund will organize a number of events in Shoushi. Particularly it is going to open a movie theater in the town and conduct the "Golden Apricot" film festival. In the evening of May 8 video projection and presentation of the new general layout, as well as the new coat of arms and Fund's plans for reconstructing the town will be shown on the walls of Shoushi fortress. In the evening President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Arkadi Ghukassian will held a reception. At the end a holiday concert with participation of local and invited singers will be organized in the Revival Square of Stepanakert. A mass firework will conclude the concert.
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