Armenian flag on Vancouver city hall -
On a sunny May 28th afternoon, AYF Arshavir Shiragian Chapter hosted the second annual Flag raising Ceremony at Vancouver City Hall.
Supported by ARFJOC Chirstapor Mikaelyan badanegan members, pastor of St. Gregory Armenian Church Father Hrant Tahanian, and members of the Vancouver Armenian community, the Ceremony commenced at 4pm with introductory greetings by the MC, AYF member Unger Hagop Agopian.
Unger Agopian made a special welcome to Deputy Mayor Adriane Carr, plus City Councillors Kerry Jang, Tony Tang and Andrea Reimer.
He continued with a brief history contextualizing the events surrounding May 28 1918, and the importance of that date to the survival of the Armenian nation.
Deputy Mayor Carr spoke of the importance of Armenia's first independence, and of the contributions of Canadian Armenians to this great city of Vancouver, and to all of Canada.
As she raised the flag of Armenia, her fellow councillors joined the Armenian community members in singing Mer Hairenik and O Canada, accompanied by badanegan member Pailg Kochkrian on violin.