By Gayane Gevorgyan
The International Day for the Elderly is the most anticipated day of the year for the residents of Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH). This year, it was solemnly celebrated along with Vanadzor Day, a town festival held the first Saturday in October. Guests at VOAH included Lori Regional Administrator Artur Nalbandyan; Bishop Ter Sepuh Chuljian the Head of the Gugark Diocese; National Assembly member and citizen of Vanadzor Karen Saribekyan and many others. Lori’s regional administration organized a concert and a festive dinner for guests, which was made possible through the support of Lori Governor Artur Nalbandyan.
The Horovel Dance and Song Ensemble soloist Stepan Dallakyan honored the guests with the performance of many Armenian songs. Children from Vanadzor # 3 Cultural House, including 15-year-old Narek Ayvazyan, a talented kanon player, also performed in the concert. The show also featured duduk players, poets, violinists and many others. VOAH residents enjoyed the concert immensely.
Three TV channels – Yerkir Media TV, Lori TV and MIG channel of Vanadzor – broadcasted the event.
Within the framework of the Fund for Armenian Relief, the sponsorship of VOAH has been carried out by the Kevork and Sirvart Karamanuk Foundation. The foundation is also supportive of many active charitable programs in Armenia as well as educational institutions in Turkey.
Residents toast to a celebratory meal.