Armenian martyrs honored in Fresno services (video)

The Fresno BeeMay 26, 2014 

The Armenian community gathered at a pair of cemeteries for requiem services to honor the dead.

The day began with a traditional Hokehankist service at Ararat Cemetery at the flagpole site where the remains of an unknown Armenian martyred by the Turks in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 are buried.

About 25 people attended the service, led mainly in Armenian by the Rev. Vahan Gosdanian, pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in downtown Fresno. The service featured a Gospel reading from the book of John, the chanting of requiem prayers and the reciting of Hokehankist prayers for the repose of souls.

After the service, many people drove a short distance to Masis Ararat Cemetery for the same requiem service.

It was held at the Soghomon Tehlirian Monument, which was erected in memory of the national hero who brought justice upon the Turkish perpetrator of the Armenian Genocide.

Gosdanian asked at both services for God to bless all those who gave their lives for their country, as well as the Armenians who died for the freedom of Armenia.

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