The Las Vegas Armenian-American community which has grown considerably in recent years gathered on October 1 at the Clark County Library Theater in celebration of twenty-five years of Armenian independence.
[caption id="attachment_2990" align="aligncenter" width="616"] A moving performance made at the Clark County Library Theater[/caption]
According to Honorary Consul General of Armenia, Andy Adroushan, Armenians have been part of the Las Vegas school district since 1924. During this period, three churches along with two church buildings have been established. Twelve organizations are now functioning and support this small, yet active community on a daily basis.
His Excellency, Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian addressed the crowd and mentioned how Armenia needs its sons and daughters to be active within the local communities, and that it is currently being witnessed.
[caption id="attachment_2991" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Homenetmen Artsakh scouts taking part in a typical Independence Day flag ceremony[/caption]
The community in Las Vegas is now well-established with many new Armenian faces attending the Independence Day celebration. Sarkis Kotanjyan, Executive Director of the Armenia Fund, focused on the significance of the diaspora's assistance, not only regarding finance but also with the support of the upcoming Armenia Fund Telethon. He also mentioned how vital it is to raise awareness and provide encouragement to our soldiers.
Gayle Anderson is the Chief of Protocol in Las Vegas, and although she is not an Armenian herself said, "I've never been to Armenia, but I feel like I've experienced it." With all the energy and inspiration which the Armenian-Americans have to offer the community, we can expect to see the growth of a vibrant Armenian-American community in the Nevada region.