On Friday (21 September) Armenia marked Independence day.
Political, religious and civic leaders, led by President Armen Sargisian and prime minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the Yerablur Military Pantheon in the capital city, Yerevan.
The Supreme Council of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic adopted a declaration of independence on August 23, 1990 and this was approved by a referendum held on 21 September, after which the country became known as the Republic of Armenia.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said that this year there will be no military parade because the anniversary is not a jubilee but the anniversary will be marked at military barracks and installations where special treats for servicemen will be provided.
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photo: Armenian leaders pay homage to the fallen at the Yerablur Military Pantheon in Yerevan on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the declaration of independence. (picture courtesy of the press service of the Government of Armenia)
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