Every year, April 15th marks a momentous day for AGBU as it celebrates its founding day. This year, on Thursday, April 11th, we celebrated the 113th anniversary with a special gathering by both Southern California AGBU schools.
The day began with an opening ceremony in the Nazarian gymnasium with over 1,200 students, teachers, staff, and parents in attendance. Members from the Board of Trustees of both AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School, AGBU Manoogian-Demirjian School, as well as Board Members from AGBU’s Western District, AGBU’s Central Board, and AGBU’s Council of Trustees were present to show their support.
Following the opening ceremony, students from both schools came outside to lay flowers at the miniature Tsiternakaberd Monument and held a moment of silence to honor the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Also in attendance were Archpriest Fr. Shnork Demirdjian and the Diocesan Primate His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian who encouraged the students to always uphold their Christian faith and to hold the legacy of AGBU in their hearts.
Afterwards, with Armenian music in the air, athletes from both schools came together to play friendly games of basketball and volleyball while some other students go to mingle and catch up with old friends.
For the closing ceremony, Head of School Michael Pratt and Principal Arpi Avanesian, Vice Principal Anahid Nalbandian, and Preschool Director Takoush Khodabakshian released 113 balloons to mark the 113 years of AGBU’s history.
A momentous day filled with laughter & memories to mark the founding of AGBU and its rich history of leadership, vision, generosity and support of all Armenians all over the world.