Taglyan Cultural Complex has been actively involved in the ongoing restoration of the St. John Armenian Apostolic Church that also occupies our grounds at 1201 N Vine and supports the Armenian Church worldwide. As such, on June 17 we were honored to host the awards ceremony at which His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America received the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church has shared a lovely write-up of the event on their site, which can be read in full here.
The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and intended to pay homage to the immigrant experience. The medals honor the contribution made to America by immigrants and the legacy they left behind in the successes of their children and grandchildren. Many medalists take pride in documenting their family’s entry to the country via Ellis Island. The medals are awarded to native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. The honorees are said to “exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage.”