May 28, 2014 | 00:09
YEREVAN. – Armenia celebrates First Republic Day on May 28.
The Armenian regular military forces and volunteers defeated the Turkish troops, in May 1918, and thus prevented the latter’s invasion of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan.
This triumph enabled the Armenian people to restore their statehood, which was lost centuries ago.
It was 96 years ago on this day that the Armenian National Council declared, in Tbilisi, Armenia’s independence and the creation of the First Republic of Armenia.
The May 28 celebrations in Armenia are traditionally held at Sardarapat Memorial, which eternalizes the memory of the Armenian heroes who prevented a Turkish invasion of Armenia in 1918.