At the conclusion of the Church ceremony, attendees made their way into the Kirkjan Family Hall to watch a documentary about sainthood and martyrdom, prepared by the Eastern Diocese. After the documentary Michelle Torian entertained the public with a graceful and touching ballet performance, followed by introduction of distinguished guests and speaker.
We had 3 guests, the Mayor and two City Council Members: Gregory Pettie – Cathedral City Mayor Pro Tem, Shelly Kaplan – Council Member, John Aquilar – Council Member of Cathedral City, who presented us with a Proclamation.
Our guest speaker – Alexander Keledjian is an Armenian Activist for Genocide Recognition, and works for Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich. His speech was inspiring and stimulating.
Father Krikor addressed the situation of the Armenians in Karabakh/Artsakh who need our prayer and support. Fr. Krikor expressed deepest condolences to the families of those soldiers who lost their lives as a result of the indiscriminate attacks by Azerbaijan.
By Alice Keshishian