This is the Khatchkar that my dad donated years ago and now my Morakouyr (my mother's sister) renovated the park in Nor Kharpert, Armenia. Bravo Morakouyr !! #keepthepromise #abc7la #abc7 #1915april24 #Armenia #intenttodestroy #thepromise #norkhaberd Nor Kharpert Park By Mary Najarian
Every year for the past 35 years, my husband Vartkes and I have spent the month of September in Armenia. At our age, the 20 hour flight is difficult to endure, but we can’t break an old habit.
On each of those visits we always had a project to start or complete in Armenia or in Karabagh. Some were small projects and some not too small, and this year was no different. We wanted to be present in the remodeled, Nor Kharpert Park’s opening ceremonies which we had undertaken.
Two years prior, I was in Nor Kharpert. Right at the entrance of Nor Kharpert, on Ardashad Freeway, there is a park which was built in 1964 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. In the middle of the park stood a Genocide Monument erected in memory of the Kharpertsis who perished in 1915. The monument is a historical site as it is the very first Genocide Memorial Monument erected in Armenia, against great adversities. The monument is built with black and red tufa and each stone representing a village of Kharpert, Vasgerd, Perri, Palu, Mezre, Mezgerd, Pashaghag... Since the authorities never acknowledged the Armenian Genocide, the park and the monument was built solely by the efforts of the local Kharpertsis, and had never been officially dedicated.
The park was pretty much rundown from neglect. The iron fence was broken. Most of the brick pavers were cracked to pieces, and there were big holes all over the grounds. The monument was covered with mud and you could hardly read the writing- ‘In Memory of the Kharpertsis who perished in 1915’. On my return to USA , my husband and I decided to renovate the park. An architect and a contractor were hired and renovation started first of August 2017.
As always there was a lot more to be done than we had anticipated. The monument had to be pressure washed. The floor was
Nor Khaberd, Ararat