YEREVAN — The Knights of Vartan Back to the Homeland third mission trip to Armenia took place September 16-22, during which the Grand Commander, Dr. Gary Zamanigian, along with members in leadership positions met the President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian on September 18th.
During the meeting Zamanigian presented the history and mission of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan in Armenia and in the United States of America. The organization has been involved with supporting many projects in Armenia since its independence which include renovation and/or building of schools, kindergartens, community centers and homes for low income families; in addition grants are given to scholars which enable them to do research. Also the Knights and Daughters of Vartan support orphans in borderline regions.
The members expressed how most of their families have been living in the United States of America for two or three generations, as a result of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, but that their hearts always belong to Armenia.
The president expressed his readiness to support any program which contributes to the benefit and prosperity of Armenia.
In addition, the members met with the United States Ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills, Jr. and USAID Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser.
During the meeting Zamanigian presented the history and mission of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan in Armenia and the US.