Armenian Flag Day Marked on June 15

By in Lead Article on June 17, 2010

Armenian Flag Day Marked on June 15 Armenian Flag Day Marked on June 15YEREVAN (RFE/RL), June 16 — On Tuesday evening 3,000 young people dressed in T-shirts of the Armenian tricolor and with flags in their hands started the holiday parade from the Republic Square in honor of the Armenian National Flag. The parade passed across the city center and concluded at the same place from where it started with the Armenian national dance “Berd.”

Pavel Sarkisian, the director of the Menk Foundation for the preservation of national values, initiated by Prime Minister  Tigran Sarkisian, said that the celebration of such holidays aims at the attempt to promote a warmer and more respectful attitude towards the Armenian National Flag among society.

“When we unite among our National Flag, we become stronger, freer and prouder,” said Pavel Avetisyan. “We should be proud of possessing such heritage,” added Sarkisian.

The organizers of the holiday intend to turn to the government and the National Assembly proposing to enter the Day of the Armenian National Flag in the list of National Holidays. June 15 was marked as the day of the Armenian tricolor for one reason — the Armenian law on the National Flag of Armenia was passed on June 15, 2006.

A considerable part of society not only doesn’t hang that national symbol in front of their houses or in their balconies, but also hardly manages to name the three colors of the flag and even confuse the orange color with carrot-red or apricot colors.

“Society’s indifferent attitude towards national symbols, including the national flag, is the result of the complete lack of awareness of the flag’s right usage both among the public conscience and among various government figures,” said ethnographer Hranush Kharatyan in an interview with Radio “Svoboda.” “The level of general usage of the flag is not yet formed in Armenia,” she said.

You can often come across decrepit or faded flags or even worse — flags sewed up in shades completely different from red, blue and orange colors.

The director of the Menk Foundation considers such an attitude towards the flag “incorrect,” though he is sure that the situation can be changed since it is a temporary one. As for the exclusion of the wrong colors and shades or decrepit flags the foundation proposes a firm solution.

“Now the flags are being printed on canvas, and each color should have a corresponding color code. We’ll organize donations and buy the necessary equipment with the help of which we’ll print our flag and present it to everyone,” said Vardanyan.

Pavel Sarkisian is certain of one fact — the National Flag of Armenia should be put in every house and on every square.

Translated from Russian by Yerevan Report

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