The Republic of Armenia held on 21st of September a series of activities across the country to celebrate its 25th anniversary of independence.
On September 21, 1991, a referendum was held in the republic with the overwhelming majority of people voting in favor of independence and a democratic future for the country
The main activities were held in the Republic Square, Yerevan, including a military parade to demonstrate the country’s military potential.
A wide range of military equipment and technology was put on display, such as helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-24, multiple rocket launchers, operational-tactical missile complex, and a short-range ballistic missile system.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, Armenian Apostolic Church leader Karekin II, representatives of foreign missions in Armenia, and high-ranking officials attended the celebration, according to the country’s state news agency Armenpress.
Armenia was once incorporated into the Soviet Union. The Republic of Armenia became independent in 1991 through a referendum, in which 94 percent of the population voted for independence, according The Declaration of Independence of Armenia.
The Declaration of Independence was adopted on August 23, 1990, at the session of the then Supreme Council (Parliament) of Armenia. Under this document, the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic was renamed the Republic of Armenia.
Celebration of Independence Day