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Grand Convocation 2019

The celebrated restaurant owner and chef José Andrés describes Las Vegas as a celebration. From July 10th through the 13th some 230 Knights and Daughters of Vartan did just that, celebrated at their Grand Convocation. For the Knights of Vartan, it was their 101st Avak Tahlij while the Daughters of Vartan marked their 79th Kerakouyn Zhoghov. This year’s Grand Convocation was hosted by Fresno, California’s Yeprad Lodge No. 9 and Alidz Chapter No. 8 with help from other California lodges as well as those from Chicago and Washington D.C. The site of this year’s gathering was Harrah’s Hotel and Resort, located on Las Vegas’ famous strip.


Consecration of Cross at the Armenian Apostolic Church At Hye Pointe

Boston –June 20, 2019.  A brand-new Armenian Church in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley now has a brand-new Armenian cross to adorn its steeple. The cross was consecrated on Thursday, June 20, the gift of the Boston, Massachusetts based Knights of Vartan Ararat Tahlij No. 1 and its Arpie Otyag No. 9. Many of the lodge and Otyag members were on hand with their families as Bishop Daniel Findikyan consecrated the large gold cross which now stands proudly atop the Haverhill, Massachusetts area church. This was Bishop Findikyan’s first visit to the church since recently being elected Primate of the Armenian Church of America’s Eastern Diocese. Also participating in the consecration service were Armenian Church Pastors from across Massachusetts as well as the Dean of the Saint Nersess Armenian Seminary in New York.


Semonians of Knights of Vartan Ararat Lodge #1 Partner with Rotary International on Village Water Project

A little effort going a very long way is being seen in the tiny Armenian village of Arpunq, thanks in part to the financial generosity of the late Ararat Asbed Robert “Bob” Semonian from Ararat Lodge No. 1. A ten-thousand-dollar donation from a trust established by Bob Semonian, who passed away in 2016, is being used to help bring pristine running water to a remote village near the southern shores of Lake Sevan, replacing on old, inoperative Soviet era asbestos pipe.


Example of True Knights of Vartan

On April 18, 2019 the First Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Gabriel Ghazaryan awarded Sbarabed Tigran Sahakyan of Mamigonian Lodge with the Gold Medal of the Ministry for his ongoing investments in Physical Culture and Sports in homeland.

104th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Commemorated in Times Square, New York City

By Taleen Babayan

NEW YORK – Not even the hovering grey clouds could dampen the spirit of the thousands gathered for the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square on Sunday, April 28, 2019, as the 104th anniversary of the massacres was memorialized in a monumental event sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan.


Rebirth of Nanulik Kindergarten in Gyumri

By NS Nishan Dulgerian

Few things could be more pleasing than giving new life to a dilapidated school serving a community in need. Rebirth of the Nanulik Kindergarten in Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia, in Shirak Marz, is one of those rare instances when right things happened to a deserving community in a timely manner. Constructed after the 1988 earthquake which devastated Gyumri, Nanulik barely managed to exist for years in temporary wooden cottages and domiks. (more…)

Knights and Daughters of Vartan Program on Armenian Heritage Cruise 2019

This year the Armenian Heritage Cruise (AHC) took place January 20 to January 27, 2019 aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Allure of the Seas”.  The AHC Committee honored the Knights and Daughters of Vartan by providing time to present a program during the cruise.  Members of the Knights and Daughters leadership in attendance were Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian, Grand Matron Diana Tookmanian, Past Grand Commander Bob Barsam and Past Grand Matron Sona Manuelian.  Special guests included Archbishop Khoren Toghramadjian, Prelate of Cypress and Prof. Taner Akcam, author of “The Killing Orders – Talaat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide”.


           Knights and Daughters of Vartan 100th Annual Grand Convocation

The Knights of Vartan’s 100th Annual Grand Convocation and the Daughters of Vartan 78th Kerakouyn Zhoghov was held July 11-14, 2018 in Dearborn, MI at the Edward Hotel with over 150 Knights and Daughters and their family members in attendance. The loyal Knights and Daughters got together for a series of innovative workshops, meetings, discussions, city and cultural tours and elegant evening events. It was also a time to acknowledge and present awards to individuals and lodges for outstanding service to the Armenian community.


Yeprad Lodge 100th Anniversary

It was May 22, 1918 in the midst of the First World War that twelve dedicated Armenians in Fresno, California took their oaths to form Yeprad Tahlij #9.  These men became the charter members of a national brotherhood that had been formed just two years prior in Philadelphia, for the noble purpose of alleviating the suffering of the oppressed Armenians who had been torn away from their native homeland in the midst of a great Genocide.


Ararat Lodge #1 Participates in 103rd Genocide Commemoration

On April 20, 2018 the Greater Boston Armenian community commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the 1915-1923 Genocide in the Chamber of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives.  This local event began in the 1980’s and has been supported by the Knights of Vartan Ararat Lodge #1 every year since its inception by taking an active role on the committee and especially providing financial and logistics support for free round-trip buses for the local community including school children.


Mr. Tellalian Giving a Presentation on How Boston Armenian Heritage Park in Boston was Built

On Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2018, over 125 people gathered at St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, in Watervliet, N.Y., to hear keynote speaker Mr. Donald Tellalian give a presentation on “How We Built The Park.” (more…)

The School That Yeprad Built

The article is written by NS Marshall Moushigian of Yeprad Tahlij.

Although Fresno’s Yeprad Tahlij and Alidz Otyag are happy to take credit for this much-needed refurbishment project in the village of Tegh, we could not have instituted this task without the solid support of the village itself. (more…)

Celebrating 26th Anniversary of Armenian Army Day

On January 28, 1992 was established the Armenian Army. To celebrate the 26th anniversary of Army Day a special donation was made by the Corporal Paul S. Marsoubian Post XX Amvets, based in Watertown, MA in cooperation of Ararat lodge of KV by the initiative of NS Jack Medzorian (also member of Amvets). (more…)

KV School in Yerevan, #106, Received Christmas Gifts from Avak Khorhurd

Avak Dirouhi Diana Tookmanian initiated and organized Christmas Gifts for KV Yerevan #106 school in December 2017.  Daughters of Vartan collected and one by one wrapped gifts of hats, gloves and socks for 340 kids from 1-2 grades of total 8 classes. On December 21 the school was having Christmas event with poems, songs and performances. (more…)

Thanksgiving Meal Shared in Berd Town

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday in USA. Giving thanks is a simple human action. NAS Nigoghos Atinizian decided to convey this beautiful tradition of sharing Thanksgiving meal to an Armenian community. The location was chosen- Berd borderline town, target group – low income families. 25 local farm grown turkeys were donated. (more…)

Best Christmas Gift for Mkhitaryan Family

Freedom fighter Mkhitaryan and his family of 4 were living by rent in a deteriorated apartment in Berd town having no home for years. Mamigonian Lodge members committed to buy a home for Mkhitaryan family during their visit in September 2017. The house was bought by Sbarabed Tigran Sahakyan and renovated by Mamigonian brothers.


Knights of Vartan Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian Visits Washington, D.C.

Knights of Vartan Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian Visits Washington, D.C. The newly elected Grand Commander of Knights of Vartan, Dr. Gary Zamanigian gave an official visit to the Ani Lodge and Dickranouhi Otyag of Washington, D.C. on October 10-12.


Knights of Vartan Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian Visits Washington, D.C.

Knights of Vartan Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian Visits Washington, D.C. The newly elected Grand Commander of Knights of Vartan, Dr. Gary Zamanigian gave an official visit to the Ani Lodge and Dickranouhi Otyag of Washington, D.C. on October 10-12.


Recognizing what working together can accomplish…

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the Alex & Marie Manoogian Museum located in the St. John Armenian Church campus hosted a Gala dinner to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Museum and to celebrate the 2016 landmark decision by the State of Michigan to teach the Holocaust and Armenian Genocide in public schools.  (more…)

Knights and Daughters of Vartan Visit Motherland on Mission Trip

(YEREVAN) — Twenty-five members of Knights of Vartan and Daughters of Vartan, including newly-elected Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian, Grand Recorder Deacon Richard Norsigian, Past Grand Commanders Steven Kradjian and Vahram Fantazian, visited the homeland on a mission trip from September 16-24, 2017. (more…)

Knights of Vartan 99th Grand Convocation held in Boston

(BOSTON) – The Knights of Vartan’s 99th Annual Grand Convocation welcomed 200 members and their families, as well as hundreds of Armenian community members, from August 8-13, 2017 for a series of innovative workshops, meetings, tours and evening events. (more…)

Knights of Vartan First Donation to Ministry of Health of Artsakh Republic

Yerevan- On July 17, 2017 Knights of Vartan Past Commander of the Ani Lodge in Washington, DC, Mr. Jake Bournazian, traveled to Artsakh with his son and daughter to make the endowment on behalf of Knights of Vartan (KOV) in Artsakh.


YEREVAN—The Knights of Vartan has extended its base of operations in the United States to Yerevan, Armenia!


Armenian Genocide Commemoration Essay Contest for High School and College Students.
Co-Sponsored by The Knights & Daughters of Vartan and Facing History and Ourselves (more…)

His Holiness Karekin II received Knights of Vartan delegation

Breaking News – Etchmizdzin, Armenia – His Holiness Karekin II received here in Saint Etchmiazin the Knights of Vartan delegation headed by Grand Commander Steve Kradjian.


The National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Live

Watch Here: Live Stream of Ecumenical Service and Divine Liturgy for Armenian Genocide Centennial May 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. EST.





K of V Ararat Lodge to Launch 9th Medical Container Shipment to Armenia

In April 2013 the Knights of Vartan Ararat Lodge team completed its ninth forty foot container of medical equipment and supplies for shipment to hospitals in Armenia valued at $354,300.


Michigan Workshop Promotes Awareness among Educators

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Committed to their mission to promote awareness of and gain U.S. recognition for the first genocide of the 20th century, a local group of Armenian-American activists hosted the sixth educator’s workshop in Michigan on the Armenian Genocide.


A benefit banquet to sponsor scholarships

ST. Vartan  Church and the Knights & Daughters of Vartan hold a benefit banquet to sponsor scholarships for KZV Armenian school students


Avak Sbarabed’s message on Boston Marathon explosion

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you are all aware of by now, almost exactly 24 hours ago a cowardly act took place at the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon. The twin bombings took three innocent lives, wounded dozens of others and transformed countless lives. The all too familiar scene was horrific and troubling. We pray for the victims and their families and hope for a speedy and just conclusion to this latest attempt to disrupt the American way of life.


Armenian monument finds home in Riverfront Park , Troy, N.Y. Sunday, April 7, 2013

TROY — On a plot of land behind the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Riverfront Park, local officials and members of the Armenian community gathered Sunday to dedicate a monument recognizing Armenians killed during the Armenian genocide, and the survivors whose descendants settled in the Capital District.




Ter Aram Mirzoyan, spiritual leader of the Berd region of the Diocese of Tavush, Northeast Armenia, is visiting the East and West Coast Armenian-American communities during the month of March to tell the story of the spiritual revival of this region and to help bring awareness of the Berd region inhabitants’ struggle for survival.



Washington, D.C. – Earlier this month, the Knights of Vartan Ani Lodge #21 and Daughters of Vartan Dikranouhi Otyag held two special events to mark the annual Vartanantz Day celebration. On Sunday, February 3, the Hamasdegh School at Soorp Khatch Armenian Church hosted the Knights and Daughters of Vartan for the first performance of a play on the historic Battle of Avarayr.


Essay Contest for High School and College Students

Armenian Genocide Commemoration Essay Contest for High School and College Students Co-Sponsored by The Knights & Daughters of Vartan and Facing History and Ourselves 


Armenian Art event of Orange County

The Knights and Daughters of Vartan of Orange County & San Diego Chapters Present the Armenian Art Event.

Featuring work of Armenian Visual Artists – Sales benefiting the Armenian School Support Project!

Click here to find out more details about this event.

Chance Discovery Leads to Rare Armenian Hero

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—Like a model ship wedged inside a bottle, Gary Koltookian feels that’s where he belongs.

It would be quite natural for the antique bottle-collector. One look at his collection and you’ll see why. It comes in all shapes and sizes, most all vintage, secured above and below the ground, yard sales, flea marts, and hand-me-downs.


Armenian Heritage Monument Dedication

Dear Avak Sbarabed,

Armenian Heritage Monument Dedication

The Knights and Daughters of Vartan are proud to announce the official dedication of the Armenian Heritage Monument, which will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Troy Riverfront Park, starting at 1:00 p.m.


PM Sargisian Makes Several Stops During Brief Visit to Massachusetts

December 27, 2012 8:22 pm

BOSTON — On the heels of successful visits to Frankfurt, Germany and California, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargisian arrived here in the early hours of December 12, and was greeted at Logan International Airport by Nigoghos Atinizian, Grand Commander of the Knights of Vartan, and Armenia’s ambas- sador in Washington, Tatoul Markarian.


Knights of Vartan Ani Lodge Participates in the 21st Anniversary Celebration of Artsakh’s Independence on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – Last month, members of the Knights of Vartan-Ani Lodge #21 (Knights) joined nearly 100 Armenian-Americans on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).




Krisdos Dznav yev Haydnetsav ; Tsezi yev Mezi Medz Avedis

Dear Brother Asbeds,

Christ is Born and Revealed! Now with Christmas approaching, while fully occupied in all the gift shopping, food preparation and celebrating, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. God gave us his Only Begotten Son so as a human being he could teach us how to be a good person. As Asbeds, we have taken an oath to live as true Christians and to live exemplary lives. We need to put aside personal feelings and to love one another as brothers & sisters. We need to remember that as a Brotherhood, we must work together to achieve our mutual goals.


Rindge Taps Elanjian as ‘Man of the Year’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – George Elanjian, who provided the financial backbone behind the $6.2 million Armenian Heritage Park project, is basking in another moment of glory and accomplishment these days.


Avak Sbarabed’s 2012 Thanksgiving Message


Thanksgiving 2012 Message from the Avak Tivan

Dear Brother Asbeds,

Thanksgiving is a day set apart annually for gratitude and praise to God in return for His blessings and mercies. We, therefore, publicly celebrate this occasion in acknowledgement of divine goodness.


Hurricane Sandy Response

The East Coast suffered such terrible devastation during Hurricane Sandy that I could not help but think of our Brother’s and Sister’s after seeing all the news media and the damage done to our coast line.


Capital District Armenian Community Participates in Festival of Nations

Watervliet, NY – The Festival of Nations, one of the areas most anticipated and uniting events of the year, took place in late October at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in downtown Albany with a strong presence from the Armenian community.


N.S. Hirant Gulian of Mamigonian Tahlij to Be Honored at Banquet

On Oct. 5, the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, will honor Hirant Gulian at a Tribute Banquet for his outstanding, lifelong service to the Armenian Church and people. Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Suzanne Toufayan will serve as honorary co-chairs of the event.


Will Sovereignty, Nationalism, Racism VS. Humanism and Intellectual Freedom

By Dennis R Papazian PhD
Professor Emeritus
The University Of Michigan

97th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide to be Held in Times Square on Sunday, April 22 from 2–4 p.m.

“Turkey is Guilty of Genocide: Denying the Undeniable is a Crime”

(February, 2012, New York City, NY) — This year marks the 27th year that Armenians and Americans alike will gather in Times Square and commemorate the first genocide of the 20th century: The Armenian Genocide of 1915. (more…)

Daughters of Vartan Helps to Provide a Brighter Future for Armenian Youth

The Daughters of Vartan in partnership with the St. John’s Armenian Church Women’s Guild hosted a successful luncheon to raise funds for “Our Home-Mer Doon, Inc.”, and were honored by the presence of Mer Doon’s U.S. Program Director, Julie Ashekian, and Tigranoohi Karapetian, President (Armenia). (more…)

International Humanitarian, Baroness Cox honored by the Daughters of Vartan Grand Council

The Right Honorable the Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury, member of the British House of Lords, was welcomed to the Detroit Metropolitan area by the Daughters of Vartan Grand Council on April 21st at St. Johns Armenian Church Cultural Center, Southfield, Michigan. The Reception was held in conjunction with Oakland University School of Nursing, which has established The Baroness Cox Endowed Chair of Global Health and Social Studies. (more…)