Noubar Afeyan

Afeyan Keynote Speaker at Massachusetts State House Armenian Genocide Commemoration, Mardiros Family to Be Honored

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BOSTON – The 104th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at the Massachusetts State House is just a few days away, and there is an exciting program prepared as well as a wonderful luncheon to follow on this Friday, April 12. We would like to take this opportunity to share some details with you in hopes of garnering further excitement, and participation from you and your friends.

The event is set to begin a little after 10 a.m., with a wide array of participants.

Starting off with the elected officials, we are proud to announce the participation of Governor Charles Baker, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, state Sen. William Brownsberger, state Rep. Jonathan Hecht, state Rep. David Muradian, state Rep. Dave Rogers, and state Rep. David Robertson.

Many local church clergy are also set to be in attendance, with the benediction led by Rev. Dr. Avedis Boynerian of the Armenian Memorial Church, and a group-led Order of Intercessory Prayer by fellow local church pastors to lead guests into the reception.

As usual, local Armenian students from St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School will open the program with the singing of the American and Armenian anthems. A musical interlude will be provided by Narek Arutyunian of New York, an accomplished recent graduate of the Juilliard School, playing the clarinet.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Noubar Afeyan, a local entrepreneur and philanthropist with many formidable achievements on a global level, most notably the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative founded on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors (see https://auroraprize.com/en/founder/noubar_afeyan).

Anahid and Aurelian Mardiros with the Knights of Vartan 2011 Man of the Year award (Jirair Hovsepian photo)

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Aurelian and Anahid Mardiros will be honored for their decades of work in the Boston Armenian community as philanthropists and activists, and more particularly for the contribution of their family firm, A&A Industries, in the construction of the Abstract Sculpture of Armenian Heritage Park.

Buses will depart from St. Stephen’s and St. James Churches promptly at 9 a.m. It is not too late to register to fill up the buses generously provided by the Knights of Vartan Ararat Lodge. There will also be a bus sponsored by the Knights of Vartan Arakadz Lodge of Merrimack Valley. Please email BostonAGCC@gmail.com for bus reservations or inquiries.

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