On 4 May President Bako Sahakyan visited Karmir Shouka urban settlement in the Martouni region and partook in the solemn ceremony of opening a memorial dedicated to the perished freedom fighters.
The Head of the State considered important the construction of monuments perpetuating the memory of heroes fallen for the sake of Artsakh's independence and freedom, expressing gratitude to philanthropist Mher Voskanyan for realizing the project.
According to President Sahakyan the inhabitants of Karmir Shouka devotedly fought in all the fronts of Artsakh approving themselves as brave and valorous fighters, and nowadays they are still serving in the ranks of the Defense Army and take an active part in the state building process. Bako Sahakyan expressed hope that the inhabitants of the settlement would continue to live and to work with the same vigor to the glory of our republic and nation. According to the President this very philosophy is just the best method to keep alive the memory of all our perished sisters and brothers.
Thereafter in connection with the courage demonstrated in defending the homeland boundaries and the Victory Day, as well as NKR Defence Army and the 21st anniversary of liberation of Shoushi, the President handed in state awards, one of them posthumously, and valuable gifts to a group of freedom fighters.
Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martrosyan, premier Ara Haroutyunyan, other officials, guests from Armenia and abroad partook at the events.