By Hampig Mardirosian
YEREVAN — Finally, dreams became reality. On April 4, 2015, at 3 p.m., in the heart of Yerevan, near Republic Square, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)’s five-story building was officially and solemnly opened in the presence of President of Armenia Serge Sargisian, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II with his delegation, Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan, Levon and Seda Nazarian as representatives of the benefactors of the building Nazar and Artemis Nazarian, AGBU President Berge Setrakian, members of the AGBU Central Board, and hundreds of delegates and guests. AGBU Scouts were assembled early at the building’s entrance, in a joyful mood.
Setrakian’s happiness was visible. After all, the beautiful AGBU building was in general the result of his efforts and plans. He was convinced that “whatever is built on the land of Mother Armenia is lasting and eternal.” Here we have to add one more thing. Two years ago, when the foundation of this building was being blessed, no one could imagine that it would end up with its present magnificent appearance and cause unlimited pride both in AGBU members and all guests.
Of course, members of the AGBU Central Board, such as civil engineer/architect Aris Adamian, who planned the general appearance of the building and its internal facilities, and Vazken Yacoubian, who supervised meticulously for two years the construction work, have contributed with their own sweat to the construction of the building. The AGBU representatives in Armenia also played an important role.
At this beautiful moment, it is necessary to express thanks and gratitude to Nazar and Artemis Nazarian and their children Levon and Seta, who are the benefactors of this wonderful edifice. It is through their munificence that this building turned into a reality.
And suddenly, the president, the catholicos, and their retinues arrived to applause and cries of happiness, as well as music. Then the red ribbon was ceremoniously cut. All are happy and smiling. The catholicos gave his blessing and words of rejoicing, and praised the 109 year path of the Union, serving the nation and the homeland. He expressed his gratitude to the selfless benefactors, Nazar and Artemis Nazarian.