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April 25, 2013

The last of a vanishing breed

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Of the genocide, she has maintained an indelible spirit of endurance.

“God was with my family,” she tells us. “We faced all those dangers. I consider myself very fortunate to have lived a good life and raised an excellent family. My heritage has always been important to me.”

The April 29 commemoration at North Andover will begin at 3 p.m. and feature a musical interlude by noted Armenian soloists Knarik Nerkararyan, Victoria Avetisyan and Yeghishe Manucharyan, accompanied by pianist Levon Hovsepyan.

Over the past 25 years, some $70,000 in proceeds have gone to worthy causes in Armenia through the Armenian Genocide Committee of Merrimack Valley. I’m proud to be part of this experience.

Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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