Like most of the cities, towns and villages across Armenia, the town Noyemberyan, which is in the north-eastern border region Tavush, is also celebrating the 24th anniversary of independence today. The day here began with a festive army parade, attracting crowds of people, also from the neighboring communities, as well as their mayors. All the community governors affirm that there is presently no tension along the border, with the population being in a festive spirit. Speaking to Tert.am, Samvel Saroyan, the mayor of the border village Chinari, said that they heard gunshots from Azerbaijani defense positions for more than an hour on Sunday evening, adding that the Armenian side managed to counter-react and silence the adversary. He added that like every other year, this time too, they are planning different events, including a visit to a memorial to heroes killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh war, as well as a concert in the village’s club. The village mayor said he is sure that independence is the value to which everybody would unconditionally say ‘yes’ also today in case of a referendum. “I can say for sure that the my community, which is close to the border, would say ‘yes’, because we are obliged to preserve what we have achieved at the cost of victims and blood not to let our generations blame us in future,” he added. The mayor said he has only one good wish: peace to the country and bravery and vigilance to the soldier “to preserve our independence and become make us more powerful.” Speaking to our correspondent, the mayor of the border Koti, Felix Melikyan, said confirmed that the situation along the border border is calm today, with the festive spirit dominating the community. Mikaelyan said he clearly sees that the younger generation is more devoutly dedicated to independence. “With its mental abilities and patriotism, they are a step ahead of us. With my congratulations, I want to say that independence is both our national value and a pride for which each of us is responsible,” he added. According to Narek Sahakyan, the mayor of the border village Baghanis, the mentality that September 21 is limited only to being a non-business day no longer exist. The village mayor, who considers himself a representative of the independence generation (he was born in 1986), say he strongly believes that the idea is far more deeply rooted in the young people. “I am sure of that. There’s no alternative to independence and our status,” he said. The mayor of Voskevan says he finds independence an achievement by the present-day generation. “All I wish is patience and only patience. All the rest is temporary. With patience, we will overcome everything,” Seryozha Alexanyan told our correspondent To understand the value of independence, one needs to only come and maintain vigil on the border for just an hour, says Arthur Madatyan, the mayor of the village Berkaber. “I would like the entire Armenian nation to stand by its land as firmly and solidly as do the people of Berkaber,” he added.