May has always been and remains a month of glorious victories for the Armenian people; it has historical significance for Armenians.
Like every year, ASPU students and professors led by Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan, gathered in the University yard in the morning to lay a wreath at the monument commemorating the heroes who fell in the 44-day war in Artsakh in 2020. Then they marched to "Victory" park to join the procession on the occasion of the victory and peace day.
The group laid a wreath at the memorial, bowed flowers at the eternal fire and observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims.
On May 9, the Armenian people celebrate a triple holiday - the victory against fascism in the Great Patriotic War, the anniversary of the Artsakh Defense Army and liberation of Shushi (in 1992).
Edgar Hovhannisyan, Dean of the Faculty of History and Social Sciences, believes that the advice of the May triple holiday should be preserved today: the Armenian people have played an important role in the aforesaid victories.
He says it is not accident that every year the victory march starts from the monument commemorating the heroes of Artsakh. And, despite the outcome of the second war in Artsakh, the loss of Shushi, as a historian he knows that defeats and victories follow each other. "After a defeat, you can have a new victory if you learn the right lessons from the past and your mistakes, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals. It is necessary to value the past victories, draw conclusions and raise the right generation," Edgar Hovhannisyan said in a conversation with aspu.am.
The historian says we should not forget the purpose and importance of the khachkar-monument perpetuating the memory of the ASPU students who died in the 2nd Artsakh war in 2020, i.e. to keep the heroic names of the fallen ASPU representatives and their deeds alive.
We should have education anchored in the national pillars; Edgar Hovhannisyan believes this is the key to future victories and triple holidays.