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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan Visits Boston With Stops in North End

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan made his first visit to Boston this week with stops in the North End. On Tuesday, there was a prayer service at Old North Church with Rev. Stephen T. Ayres, Vicar of Old North and Armenian clergy, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan.

Sargsyan visited Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a wreath laying ceremony. The abstract sculpture memorial remembers the Armenian genocide where 1.5 million were killed by Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1922. The Boston visit also commemorates the 25th anniversary of Armenia as an independent country.

The Armenian President was accompanied by former Governor Deval Patrick who supported and opened the Armenian Heritage Park. Also speaking were James Kalustian, member of the executive committee of the Armenian Heritage Foundation and Sheriff of Middlesex County Peter Koutoujian.

On Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh greeted the Armenian President at the State House. Sargsyan was also set to give talks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

In a display of respect, the Armenian President also stopped at the Jewish Holocaust Memorial.