SYDNEY (PanARMENIAN.Net) — A monument was unveiled this week in Sydney’s Northern Beaches dedicated to the lives of past, present, and future Armenians.
The eight-meter-high monument was unveiled at the Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery, in the presence of Jonathan O’Dea, Speaker of the New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Assembly and Chair of the NSW Armenia-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Armenian-Australian community, and religious leaders and members of the community.
The monument was commissioned by Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries Land Manager and designed by Armenian-Australian architect, Andre Vahagn Vartan-Boghossian paying tribute to the 1.5 million Armenian lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923.
Boghossian explained: “The stone base of the monument represents Armenian historic culture and knowledge, as a tree rooted in the earth where the Armenians of the past rest.”
“Portrayed in the break of the stone is the Armenian Genocide of 1915, an event that defines all Armenians’ identity today and when the culture was once on the brink of coming to a halt. Out of the trunk blossoms the continuation of this culture in a new form, no longer in stone but in bronze. It is a new culture, augmented by the past and flowering in Australia,” he added.