Linked Over Continents by an Infamous Number: Armenians remember 911

Hours before millions of Americans paused today to commemorate the fifth year since “911” became more than a calendar date, Armenians in the town of Ararat remembered the victims of September 11.

In the town named for Armenia’s symbolic mountain, mayor Hakob Tovmasyan and the people of Ararat built a memorial in 2005. Today, at 11:30 a.m., city officials were joined by Ararat residents and staff of the United States Embassy of Armenia.

In statements of consolation, residents of Ararat offered their sympathies to families of the 2,992 victims, saying that they share America’s grief because many in Ararat have relatives in the States.

“People of Armenia could not stand aside and not share this event, and with this memorial we perpetuate their memory”, said Adibek Khurshudyan, Deputy Mayor of Ararat. “Our people have been through many disasters and misfortunes and thus can understand very well what that kind of tragedy means.”

(The Ararat 911 memorial is located near the town’s Armenian Genocide monument, in front to its municipality building.)

Participants of the Ararat ceremony held a moment of silence in honor of the dead.

“We recall those events, and pay tribute to the victims with our wreaths (flowers) and by our silence,” said Taguhi Jahukyan, US Embassy Press Secretary.