FAR has an annual tradition of assembling its scholarship students on April 24 to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide, and to lay a flower wreath at the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Complex.

This year was no different, as about 100 students who are supported through FAR’s “Mathevosian,” “Gulamerian”, “Mardigian,” “Armine and Garabed Zambak,” “Ajemian,” “Berberian,” “Niksarli,” and “Avetis and Arsho Baghsarian” scholarship programs trekked to the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Complex to honor the memory of the 1.5 million souls who perished during the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Each student vowed to keep the promise to shed the light on the atrocities committed at the beginning of the century.

Freshman Marina Yeremyan, 19, committed to join the group of students who still remember and demand peace and justice. “I hold this banner to shout out to the world that if our grandparents struggled to survive, then we will continue to fight for justice. Our hope and belief is in our collective potential to study hard and to develop our native country,” she said.

The students also participate in the memorial torchlight procession on the eve of April 24 and walk about 3 miles from Yerevan’s Freedom Square to the Memorial.