Nevart: "I wondered why there were so many people here today!"(FYI, it was a miserable, cold, rainy Sunday afternoon, and clearly, Nevart had no idea that she was being honored.)
The featured speaker, Sherriff Peter Koutoujian, began, "I'm the only Hye Sheriff there is! How can I say, 'No!' to Nevart when she calls me and begins, "Hokis, goukas?"
The gathered further celebrated by singing Yerevan - Erepouni, the first several stanzas of which Marash Girl has taken the liberty of printing below:
Yerevan tarts adz, im Erepouni;
Tou mer nor Tevin,mer no Ani.
Mer pokrig high, you meds yerazank,
Mer tare guard, mer kare nazan.
Yerevan tars adz, im Erepouni,
tarer es antes, pays menatsel es badin.
Ko Massis horror, ko Arax morov.
Medians tarot, Yerevan!
Men aryan gantcher, ounenk mer serum.
Angular drencher, ounenk ter shad
Mer gantchn grants key, i your ge gortchi,
Grants kez, mer dak dentchn el ge sartchi.
Gyankoum amen ser linoume drapear,
Msg men colors enk kennov april.
Dak e sere mer, she karerit bes,
Hin e sere mer, tsk tarerit bes.
Lyrics: Paruyr Sevak; Music: Edgar Hovhannisyan
|l. to r. Sheriff of Middlesex County Peter Koutoujian honors Mrs. Nevart Kouyoumjian|
|Honored Guest, President Nevart Kouyoumjian|
|Honored guests congratulate Mrs. Nevart Kouyoumjian (center front). Photo by Marash Gir|
|Watertown Marashtsis gather to honor President Nevart Kouyoumjian|