NECO recently had a chance to catch up with members of the Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School (HMADS) at a private function. HMADS gave NECO a copy of their 45th Anniversary Newsletter where a picture of HMADS students greeting Armenian H.E. President Serzh Sargsyan figured prominently.
In September of 2011, NECO hosted President Sargsyan for his first tour of Ellis Island where he received NECO's International Ellis Island Medal of Honor. NECO invited the HMADS students to perform traditional Armenian songs for the President at the ferry launch in Battery Park. President Sargsyan was very touched by the children's' performance and he graciously stopped to pose for pictures with the group. The children were thrilled to meet the President of their homeland and NECO was honored to be part of this occasion that is sure to be remembered by the HMADS children as well as the President for years to come.