UNION CITY, N.J.—On Fri., May 25, city officials in Union City hosted an annual flag raising ceremony in observance of the founding of the First Independent Republic of Armenia.
This year’s observance honored the Armenian community of Union City, and included members of the Board of Commissioners along with other officials who recognized the long history and contributions of the Armenian community in Union City. The flag was raised to “Mer Hairenik” playing in the courtyard as city officials and members of the Armenian community of New Jersey looked on.
A proclamation was read and presented to Charles Kasbarian, a former resident of Union City. Kasbarian accepted the proclamation as a representative of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of New Jersey.
Local resident Vergine Tegrarian established the annual observance 14 years ago when she presented the city with the Armenian flag used in the ceremony.
Very Rev. Vazken Karayan of Holy Cross Church in Union City concluded the ceremony with a prayer. The event was followed by a reception.