Daniel Davtyan, who was severely wounded to head on April 3, 2016 during the military aggression launched by Azerbaijan at the Nagorno Karabakh Line of Contact, continues his treatment of paralysis with muscle fatigue and weakness still felt on left side of the body. Daniel, along with number of April war veterans accompanied by People’s Artist of Armenia Tigran Mansuryan participated in a tree planting event in memory of the servicemen killed during the horrendous days of the April war.
“The April days forged out strength, our resistance and came to show the power of our country. All the soldiers died during the four-day war represent our pride and power, unfortunately, sometimes at the expense of their lives,” Daniel told reporters.
He next spoke of his dreams that never came true due to the war. “I had dreams that were suspended when I was wounded. The only dream I cherish today is about the soon recovery and getting back to all those unfulfilled dreams,” Daniel said, sharing his desire to complete the military service, start working, and to marry.
Daniel’s fellow serviceman Armenak Arustamyan, who attended the tree planting on wheelchair told he had been injured from a 60mm mortar shelled by Azerbaijani forces.
“We didn’t learnt lessons, we taught lessons,” Arustamyan said with proud references to the displayed heroism and bravery of the Armenian soldiers during the war.
Gor Darmanyan who had been wounded in 2015 while repelling the sabotage infiltration attempt of the adversary, studies at Yerevan State University to become a lawyer. Gor calls for soldiers to keep vigilance. “They should stay vigilant, protect the posts,” he said.
Composer Tigran Mansuryan told reporters the coming April will commemorate not only the victims of the genocide but also the guys fallen during the April war. “Me and Daniel who participated in the military actions planted a tree together. This symbolizes the continuity of the life – a ceremony to give a new life to the life,” maestro Mansuryan added.