By Gayane Muradyan
YEREVAN — Aid from the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) of the US and Canada continues to be distributed to the families of soldiers who lost their lives heroically in the four-day April war earlier this year. This time, I and Aleksandr Avetisyan, a member of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of Armenia and member of the central committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party of Armenia, visited four families to distribute aid.
In the province of Gegharkunik of the Republic of Armenia, we went to the village of Pokr Marsrik to the family of Vrezh Sargsyan, who joined the army from Vardenis, and served in the rank and file as a contract soldier. Sargsyan was born in 1989. His father, Vardan, proudly recalled that when his third son was born we organized a great celebration in the house. He said, “I was proud. I have three defenders of the homeland. The boys grew up. I sent them, each in his turn, to the national army.”
Vrezh Sargsyan was conscripted in 2013. His father related that when his period of service was completed, he telephoned home and said, “Dad, I decided to continue my service, and I want to register for contract service.” His mother, Sveta, began to cry, saying, “Your older brother also had enrolled as a contract soldier. At least you come home.” But Vrezh persuaded his parents, saying “What will we live on if I come. There is no work, nor the money to go to Russia.”
Vrezh was killed on April 4 by intensive gunfire during sudden battle with enemy reconnaissance groups which had entered the village of Talish. His detachment was caught in close fighting, and showed great courage. It stopped the penetration of the enemy inside the Armenian defense lines. Vrezh’s dead body was brought down from the military positions by his brother Seyran.
Their father Vardan said, “What to do — we have bad neighbors with whom we are forced to live. Let there not be war. Let there not be victims. But we have reconciled ourselves with our loss.”