On September 22, 2022, all the students and faculty of the Hamazkayin Djemaran in Marseille gathered in the schoolyard to celebrate the return to school and the anniversary of Armenia’s independence.
The principal, Shaké Jamgotchian, opened the celebration. She said Independence Day was different this year because of the threats looming over our homeland, the incursions by Azerbaijan, and the bravery of the young people sacrificing their lives to protect the borders. She wished for peace and the territorial integrity of the country, wishing the students a good return to school and calling on them to take ownership of our language and culture.
A flag-raising ceremony followed. Students from the graduating class and the kindergarten paired up to raise the flags of the French republic, the Armenian republic, the Republic of Artsakh, and Hamazkayin. The students sang The Marseillaise, Mer Hairenik, and the Djemaran anthem.