07, 2009

Congratulatory address by President Serzh Sargsyan at the ceremony dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Vazgen Sarkissian Military Academy

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Congratulatory address by President Serzh Sargsyan at the ceremony dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Vazgen Sarkissian Military Academy at the Ministry of Defense and commencement ceremony for the graduates of the military training institutions

“Your Holiness,
Generals and Officers,
Dear fellow citizens and guests,

Today, we are witnessing a momentous event – the commencement ceremony for the graduation class of 2009 of the military training institutions. In a couple of days, today’s graduates will start writing a difficult but immensely honorable page of their biography as officers, filling the powerful ranks of those who are carrying out uprightly and unwaveringly the utmost task of standing in the first line of protecting the borders and watching over the security of the Republic of Armenia.

Symbolically, this year’s commencement of the graduates of the military training institutions coincides with the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the main facility for training the officers for the Armed Forces.

First military training institutions in our newly independent Republic were established in difficult times when our regular army was just being formed and when the full-fledged military actions were still underway. Today we can state that all these military institutions have become centers for training skillful professionals. They have great educational and technical capacities, the experienced faculty and command staff. Be assured that just like before the issues of army enhancement, augmentation with highly skilled commanding officers, and social protection of their families will remain in focus of the Armenian government’s and my personal attention. It can be no other way.

It is well known that army is as strong as its officers, who are the backbone of any army and whose professionalism, personal and moral character shape the combat readiness of the troops. The Armenian armed forces have proved more than once their combat professionalism and high moral standing while protecting the borders, during the military exercises, and on peacekeeping missions.

The Armenian army will continue to carry out its sacred mission with honor; it will continue to be the unfailing defender of our state’s and people’s security, and a pivotal and an indispensable component of regional peace and stability. Today we stay strong, stronger than ever. Our army is powerful, modern and able to complete any task. It has passed with honor not only the test of war, but also the test of peace, personifying the victorious spirit of the Armenian nation.

Those who threaten us with war ought to be mindful of the words from the Bible, “All who take the sword will perish by the sword”. The best sons of our nation – the generation of our fathers, our generation, my own generation have proved the undeniable truthfulness of these words with their lives and struggle. Let no one make any mistake about it – if necessary it will be done again.

Dear graduate officers,

Starting from this very day you too, every one of you becomes that sword of justice and retribution. Starting from today you too become the indestructible shield of Armenia and Artsakh which will crush the charges and encroachments of our opponents. Starting from today you too personify the power and repute of the Armenian Army, its brainpower and discipline, its resolve and unbreakable spirit. I believe in you.

I congratulate you all on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Vazgen Manukian Military Academy and inauguration of the new officers of the Armed Forces. I wish the new officers and the entire military staff in their service to uphold the high reputation and honor of the Armenian officer, to be inspired by the heroic military spirit of our forefathers, to be resilient, to be dedicated to our people and our state for the glory of our Motherland and for a peaceful and creative life of our people.

Long live the Army of the Republic of Armenia!
Long live Armenia!
Long live the Armenian nation!

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