Remembering A Great Hero - Sarkis Dkhrouni
BEIRUT, Sunday January 27, 2002 marked
the 73rd anniversary of Sarkis Dkhrouni’s passing. On this solemn
occasion a ceremony (Hokehankeesd) was held in St. Kevork Armenian
Apostolic church of Hajen Beirut, where the memory of Sarkis
Dkhrouni and his slain followers where honored.
Following the divine ceremony, members
of the Dkhrouni Student & Youth Association, along with the
Beirut’s Armenian Athletic Association (Homenmen) Scouts, members
of the Dkhrouni Student & Youth Association of Allepo, friends and
family journeyed to Fren ElShebbeky Armenian national cemetery.
At Dkhrouni’s grave site the Homenmen
Scout band opened the observance with a rendition of the Lebanese
national anthem, as well as Armenian National patriotic songs,
followed by a moment of silence in memory of the fallen hero.
Opening remarks were made by Sebou
Kazanjian, the Dkhrouni Student & Youth Association’s president.
In his remarks he reminded the audience of 300 that Sarkis
Dkhrouni passed away in the late 1920’s, shot down by
Armenian’s. “But we still remember him today because he was a true
hero, a hero who through out his life worked for the Armenian
cause, the Armenian people, and the Social Democrat Hunchakian
ideology.” He also assured the crowd that the memory of Sarkis Dkhrouni will never be forgotten in the minds of Armenian youth.
The Social Democrat Hunchakian party’s
Lebanese Central Committee’s statement was made by Alexander
Keoshgerian. In his statement Mr. Keoshgerian said “When one looks
at the life and deeds of the hero Sarkis Dkhrouni one finds that
he exemplifies the Hunchakian ideology and spirit. He was an
relenting soldier for his race and nation, as well as being
humane.” “Because of his beliefs and actions he was exiled by the
French onto the island prison of Arvad. But he was not forgot.
Because of his relentless action towards the Armenian cause, and
the Hunchakian ideology traitors assassinated him, but his memory,
his beliefs, his memory is still vigilant.”
The ceremony was closed with the
audience majestically singing patriotic songs in honor of Sarkis