On May 8 in connection with the Victory Day, the 26th anniversary of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic Defense Army and the Liberation of Shoushi a solemn ceremony of awarding took place at the residence of the Artsakh Republic President.
For significant contribution to the Defense of the Motherland, for courage and bravery shown during the defense of the Artsakh Republic border and in the battles for the defense of the Motherland, services rendered to the Artsakh Republic, professional efficiency and devoted activity a group of the Defense Army servicemen and freedom-fighters were handed in high state awards, an officer of the Artsakh Republic Police was conferred the title of major-general.
In his speech President Sahakyan underlined that the May 9 Triple Holiday united different generations of our people, our fathers and grandfathers who had won the Great Patriotic War, the brave sons of the Armenian nation who had been brought up by their heroic example and who had carved new victories in the Artsakh Liberation Struggle.
"The way to our victories was not an easy one and, unfortunately, we had irretrievable losses. Thousands of devotees have been immortalized during the defense of the Motherland. It is the duty of generations to always keep a bright memory of them. The best way of that is consistent strengthening of our independent statehood, its defense system, building and developing the native country, raising the well-being of the people", underlined the Artsakh Republic President.
Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, National Assembly chairman Ashot Ghoulyan, minister of state Arayik Haroutyunyan, defense minister Levon Mnatsakanyan and other officials partook in the event.