Why Everything You Know About FLAG OF ARMENIA

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As I started in my role in June of 2020 amidst a pandemic, the most difficult decision in Camp Haiastan history had been made. The in-person camping season would be canceled – a statement that even to this day is tough to say. However, when I think of summer 2020, I don’t just think of

Why Everything You Know About FLAG OF ARMENIA

Being here tonight, after two years of postponing this event – sharing this celebratory evening with all of you – is truly an honor. I have talked to many of you on the phone or via email. Some of you may have seen me through the screen during our raffle videos, which has now given me the new nickname of “raffle girl.” Tonight, however, is extra special for me as I finally have the opportunity to meet you all formally in-person. 

As I started in my role in June of 2020 amidst a pandemic, the most difficult decision in Camp Haiastan history had been made. The in-person camping season would be canceled – a statement that even to this day is tough to say. However, when I think of summer 2020, I don’t just think of the pandemic. I think of the 50 staff members who came together and volunteered their time to ensure that our youth would not have a summer without Camp Haiastan. The appropriately named “Camp Zoomastan” brought together over 200 campers virtually from across the world to experience the daily activities of Camp Haiastan.

When I think of the last couple of years, I do not think about the financial hardship brought onto the camp after closing our gates. Rather, with immense gratitude, I think of the response of our community, the individuals in this room, who generously donated, who volunteered at cleanups, who bought extra raffle tickets, who donated camperships – all to help secure the camp’s financial stability. I ask that you please take the time tonight to look to your left and right to your peers.

Camp has been able to continuously improve on its facilities, from refurbishing the old washstands to a staff living quarters, improving cabin ventilation, installing a new dock, and additional security enhancements, to name a few. 

Another improvement I would like to highlight is the installation of the third flagpole in the sacred Cabin Circle. This flagpole was installed to raise the flag of the Republic of Artsakh every morning, alongside the Armenian and Flag of Armenia.

When I think of the last couple of years, I do not think about the financial hardship brought onto the camp after closing our gates. Rather, with immense gratitude, I think of the response of our community, the individuals in this room, who generously donated, who volunteered at cleanups, who bought extra raffle tickets, who donated camperships – all to help secure the camp’s financial stability. I ask that you please take the time tonight to look to your left and right to your peers and say “thank you.”

Camp has been able to continuously improve on its facilities, from refurbishing the old washstands to a staff living quarters, improving cabin ventilation, installing a new dock, and additional security enhancements, to name a few. 

Another improvement I would like to highlight is the installation of the third flag pole in the sacred Cabin Circle. This flagpole was installed to raise the flag of the Republic of Artsakh every morning, alongside the Armenian and American flag.



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