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21st Armenia Independence Day - Cleveland

Armenia Independence Day
Cleveland City Hall
September 21, 2012

For the first time, Armenian Independence was celebrated with a ceremony in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. The Flag of Armenia flew over City Hall for several days.

US and Armenian flag flying over Cleveland City Hall

US and Armenian flags flying over Cleveland City Hall

US and Armenian flag flying over Cleveland City Hall


Anita Kazarian, Armenian Ambassador to ClevelandPeople.Com, witnessed some other nationalities having recognition events and put together a team to include the Armenian community.

Anita Kazarian and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Anita Kazarian and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson


Over 200 people attended the ceremony which featured a huge Armenian flag behind the stage.

Armenian Independence Day in Cleveland City Hall


Ms. Suzelle Avitsian served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening and she welcomed the crowd to the historic event.

Suzelle Avitsian

Suzelle Avitsian




Suzelle Avitsian


Deacon Rubik Mailian sang both the Armenian and American national anthems accompanied by Hrant Bagrazyan on piano.

Deacon Rubik Mailian singing national anthems

Deacon Rubik Mailian




City of Cleveland Chief Valarie J. McCall welcomed the crowd and introduced Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Chief Valarie J. McCall

Chief Valarie J. McCall

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson at Armenian event

Mayor Frank G. Jackson




Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson


Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Fr. Hratch Sargsyan, Pastor at St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson presented a Proclamation to Fr. Hratch Sargsyan, Pastor at St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church



Next, Anita Kazarian thanked Mayor and Chief McCall and the committee members who made the celebration of Armenian Independence in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda possible.

Anita Kazarian

Anita Kazarian




Next, MC Suzelle Avitsian introduced the representative of His Eminence Archbishop Khajak Barsamian the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of America, The Vicar General, Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian.

Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian

Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian

Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian





Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian


Next, Michael Patterson spoke on behalf of Congressman Dennis Kucinich and presented a proclamation from the US Congress.

Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson




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Page 3 - Faces in the Crowd


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