1 Year Anniversary of the Recent Artsakh War

Looking Back on a Year of Assault & Recovery

September 27, 2021

Armenian history is full of tragic dates in which significant human and material losses have been inflicted on the Armenian nation. September 27, 2020 has come to take its place in that infamous row of dates, one more date that we will commemorate with awe and respect to the thousands who gave their lives for the homeland. This is not the biggest disaster that has hit the Armenian nation but it is the most recent and the first one in the 21st century.

As we approach the first anniversary of this very tragic day, we continue to mourn the thousands of young lives lost, we mourn the loss of Shushi the cultural capital of Artsakh, we mourn the loss of our security that the buffer zones provided for us, in Artsakh and Armenia proper, and one more time we mourn the loss of the land where our ancestors lived and cultivated for thousands of years.

We cannot change the demographics, a small nation surrounded by much bigger enemies, nor can we go backward and change our history. But we can go back and learn from our history so that we do not make the same mistakes over and over again. Instead of mourning the loss let us thank God for what we still have. Let us rebuild Stepanakert, Askeran and Martakert, let us help the people of Artsakh return to their homes and to the land of their ancestors.

Nazareth E Darakjian, M.D.
President, Armenian Missionary Association of America

Let us build kindergartens, schools and summer camps so that we can properly educate and prepare the future generations for life. More than any other time in History, Armenians have to set aside their petty differences and unite so that we can make the best of the situation and not waste the opportunities that come in our way. There is no time to waste, nothing less than our existence is at stake.