44th Navasartian Closing Ceremony

On Saturday, July 6, 2019, the closing ceremony of the 44th Navasartian Games and Festival was held at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys with the participation of Homenetmen leadership and members, Honorary President Mr. and Mrs. Garo and Sosse Eshgian, Exemplary member Vartkes Shekherdemian, friends and supporters of Homenetmen. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended and delivered his message. Also in attendance were H.E. Archbishop Yeprem Tabakian, H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Vicar General, Clergy, ARF Central Committee members, Central and Prelacy Executive Council members, and representatives of sister organizations.

The program officially began with the entrance of the Prelate, Honorary President, Exemplary member, and Homenetmen Regional Chairman Hagop Tufenkjian, followed by the flag ceremony. Remarks were delivered by Congressman Brad Sherman, who commended Homenetmen and the Armenian community, Regional Executive Vice-Chair Sevag Garabedian, and Homenetmen Central Executive member Viggen Davidian.

His Eminence began his message by praising the Lord for this opportunity to be present at the 44th Navasartian closing ceremony. He greeted the Homenetmen family and emphasized the importance of the organization’s mission, stating, “we are bolstered by the love and support of the people and invigorated by the energy of our youth.” The Prelate greeted and commended this year’s Honorary President, our own Prelacy Executive Council Chair Garo Eshgian and his wife Sosse, as well as Exemplary member Vartkes Shekherdimian, and all past and present sponsors and supporters for their contribution to the continued success of Homenetmen.

His Eminence added, “Over a century since its establishment, today, Homenetmen worthily continues its noble mission guided by the motto of “always prepared,” and becomes a haven for all, preserving, defending, promoting and enriching our national life through its efforts and teachings.

The ceremony featured the parade of athletes, scouts, and youth from over 20 chapters of Homenetmen, including athletes from the “Hrashq” team. The parade was followed by the distribution of championship trophies.


On the evening of Friday, July 5th, the Prelate, accompanied by Archpriest Fr. Vazken Atmajian and Honorary President Garo and Sosse Eshgian, paid a visit to the booths where they were greeted by Homenetmen members. His Eminence and Mr. Eshgian praised the efforts of the volunteers and met many of the teams participating in the Navasartian games. They also conducted an interview with USArmenia.

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