GLENDALE (Glendale News Press) — Last August, Vaché Thomassian celebrated his sister’s whirlwind wedding — complete with a traditional church ceremony and a tour of the bride and groom’s favorite locations in Armenia.
Sunday, August 18, would have been Sosé Thomassian and Allen Yekikian’s first anniversary. That milestone, tragically, will never occur as the two, who had strong ties to the Armenian community in Glendale, died in a car crash while on a weekend getaway in May.
The difference in emotion from the emotions we felt last year during the wedding and now are worlds apart,” said Thomassian, who visited the church in Armenia where the wedding was held with his mother last week.
The past three months have been nightmarish for Thomassian, but he said a desire to honor his sister and her husband’s memories sustains him. He sees Sosé Thomassian and Yekikian as symbols of young Armenian Americans striving to improve their ancestors’ homeland and he wants to continue their work.