By Hagop Vartivarian
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — On the eve of the jubilee celebration of benefactor Nazar Nazarian’s community activities, the Mirror-Spectator is printing an interview from 2009 between Nazarian and Hagop Vartivarian, chairman of the New York/New Jersey branch of the Tekeyan Cultural Association.
Nazarian is endorsed with certain unique virtues and principles which render him a unique community leader. He is one of the last of the Mohicans and a great benefactor.
He is a true believer in the mission of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), a belief inherited from his father, Levon G. Nazarian and a believer in the primacy of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, which has enjoyed his generous support.
Although a citizen of America, he continues his affiliation with Lebanon and fills his days living within the rich traditions of Aintab. He believes that no matter what flag he represents, it is the fatherland, his native land that is the home of his hopes and dreams, especially a unified Armenia, to which Historic Armenian lands need to return.
A believer in the importance of the diaspora and its vital role as a part of the Armenian nation, including the church, Armenian schools, social clubs, the press and culture.