By Alin K. Gregorian
WATERTOWN — The Hovnanian Hall of the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) was packed with hundreds of people who wanted to hear Armenia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Garen Nazarian on April 24, the day of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, around the world.
Before the start of the program at 7 p.m., many had gathered at St. James Armenian Church on Mount Auburn Street for a requiem service, before heading to St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church in a procession to lay a wreath, led by the members of the clergy from several churches, including St. James, St. Stephen’s, Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Watertown, Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church in Belmont and First Armenian Church, also in Belmont and Armenian Memorial Church in Watertown.
The somber procession included members of the Homenetmen Scouts Boston Chapter carrying flags.
During his talk, Nazarian alternated his comments between English and Armenian. He opened his remarks by conveying the condolences of the Armenian government over the events of April 15, adding that the nation of Armenia wishes a speedy recovery for the surviving victims of the bomb attacks.