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Army and Society

WRITER-FIGHTER AND HIS TIME

The story “Marauder” of writer, essayist and translator Hovik Vardumyan was awarded a special prize on joint awarding of 2015 of the RA Defense Ministry and the Union of Writers of Armenia.
Hovik Vardumyan, son of Saribek Vardumyan who died during the Second World War, put down his gun only in 1994, when the cease-fire agreement was signed. His path of fighting he began in Yeraskhavan, participated in the battles of self-defense in Noyemberyan, Vardenis, Shahumyan, Gegharkunick, Martakert areas. For faultless military service O.Vardumyan was awarded a number of departmental medals and diplomas of Armenia and NKR. His books have been translated into 15 languages. The book “The liberation of Shoushi”, according to the military theorists, is the best documented writing of the Artsakh war.

CHILDREN ARE GOOD, NEIGHBORS ARE GOOD, AND THE LAND IS OURS...

I am in the village Alvank (Red Temple) in Syunick region, which was called Aldara when Azerbaijanis lived there. Here there are beautiful medieval Armenian khachkars – cross-stones, churches, mills, etc.
Soldier of the Artsakh war, now – retired Lieutenant Colonel Sargis Qaryan introduced me to the Tovmasyan family – refugees from Baku. Their sons – Ararat and Masis are militarymen, serving in one of the military units of Artsakh, and their daughter Ani is a one-year student at the Military Institute after Vazgen Sargsyan. Since childhood, the children heard about the atrocities committed by Azerbaijanis in Sumgayit, Baku, Gandzak, the heroism of our soldiers during the Artsakh war and made this decision independently. The family decided – after Ani’s graduation, they will move to live in Artsakh.

LESSONS OF THE HERO

The Artsakh war gave us heroes who today have become a way of raising the generation.
November 22 marks the 73rd anniversary of the birth of one of those heroes – Leonid Azgaldyan. Since February 1990 he led the command of “Independence Army”, organized self-defense of Vardenis, participated in the liberation battles, including – the first attack of Nyuvady.

THE SCHOOL MAKES ALL THE EFFORTS...

In recent years, ties between the school and the army strengthened further. Schools pay more attention to basic military training, working with military units of the community.
Director of the school after John Kirakosyan (former school after Dzerzhinsky) Anahit Khosrovyan says that in matters of military-patriotic education, BMT office equipment, property, even in making a shooting range and a sports ground, a great help came from the graduates of the school in the framework of the project “Help Your School”.

HARVESTING - UNDER THE GUN

Community Berdavan has 860 households and 3,600 residents. With its size and the number of population it is the second village in Noyemberyan after Koghb. In the high school of the village there are 348 students, and in the kindergarten – 120 children. The village is gasified and electrified, and 3 years ago, was finally resolved the issue of drinking water.

PERSON OF HUNDREDS OF THANKS

In 2001, after the transfer to the reserve, I was offered to teach the subject of basic military training at school, and I gladly agreed. By decision of the Minister of Defence, I was allowed to teach in another school, which is an unprecedented fact. I was already working in the school no.108, when director of the school no.60 Alvard Arakelyan invited me to them, because the discipline in the school was very low. For a while I was able to change the situation.

HOW I LOVE OUR FARMERS!

I have had many opportunities to see the power of our army, to become sure of its power. I saw and felt the high morale of the Armenian soldiers and officers who are on the border. But I never was so confident on the issue of power of the army, so clearly did not realize the power of unity of the people and the military, as in the day of the meeting with two peasants from the village Berdavan…
Here is great respect for the military, they always want to exchange a few words with them. Grandfathers Ando and Hendo were waiting for us – me and deputy commander Lieutenant Colonel Badalyan.