06.09.2009 - 06.09.2009
We paid our respects to those fallen in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by visiting Tsitsernakabert, the name of the memorial monument. The structure consists of 12 angled pillars surrounding an eternal flame.
Some trees were planted outside by foreign administrations and dignitaries (including the Pope) to commemorate the genocide. Here I’m standing next to the tree planted by the Armenian Assembly of America, the group that organized my internship. Thanks, AAA!
The memorial honors the approximately 1.5 million victims of a systematic genocide by the Turkish government in 1915. Many Armenians have relatives that experienced the genocide, some were blessed enough to survive it. My paternal grandma's father lost his wife in the torture and miraculously managed to escape with his newborn son. There is a lot of information and research about the events online. For those interested, visit here and here and watch these.
The next picture was taken outside a building in Yerevan and documents an exciting moment for my parents. They’re standing in front of a building called Citadel. Doesn’t sound familiar? I didn’t think so. It’s only significant for people who watch this show. Mom and Dad have walked in the same place Anna visits.
Later that night, we infused a little culture into our lives by attending Spartak Ballet (Spartacus Ballet) at Yerevan’s legendary opera house. The building has a regal, opulent interior but looks a little aged. The place was packed – Armenians love the arts!