By Mitch Kehetian
DETROIT — In honoring their ancestry to historic Keghi in Turkish-occupied western Armenia, Detroit Armenians have taken another giant step to strengthen linkage to Nor Keghi in the Republic of Armenia.
More then 350 area Armenians joined hands October 25 at St. John Armenian Church Cultural Hall to celebrate Kef Time Keghi II while feasting on traditional Keghetzi pagharch —moved by continuous dance music provided by 22 Armenian musicians who donated their talents to support the local Nor Keghi Association mission launched last year.
Richard Norsigian, chair of the association’s steering committee, drew applause when he told the celebrants ”our fellow Hyes of present-day Armenia need our support to confront a challenging future. We thank you and members of our four churches for joining hands in a noble cause. We will succeed.”
He also announced the committee will hold an open meeting on Jan. 18 at St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Norsigian said the committee plans to outline its goal to renovate some of Nor Keghi’s public schools now in need of health and structural improvements.”