The ancient name of the capital city of Armenia “Yerevan” was “EREBOUNI”, after which we named this initiative, under the slogan “Rebirthing towards eternity”. “EREBOUNI” (“Էրեբունի“, as written in Armenian) begins with the capital letter “Է”, which is the seventh in the Armenian alphabet. The capitalized “Է” is not a mere letter for the Armenians, it is first and foremost the proper name of the Lord of Time and Eternity, God (Ex 3, 14).
In this particular case, “EREBOUNI” is the pen as spiritual, intellectual and peaceful reminder of the tragic events that occurred 100 years ago in our nation (1915-2015). Every commemoration has its past, which, always rooted in the present, runs to seed towards the future. The past, the present, and the future, in one word – time, the cosmic evolution – always flow inside the perpetuity of “Է” (“E”). This “Է“, the past and the future, the present of temporality and eternity, to whom the eminent Armenian poet Taniel Varoujan, martyred in 1915, called up, saying: “Thou art everything. Thou art Life. Thou art Eternal Love. Let me bow before Thee with profound piety.”
This “Է“, carved in gold on every high altar in every Armenian Church, informs the beadle of the presence of Divine Eternity in human temporality. Indeed, every past that ceases to exist in the present will have already failed to attain the future. Consequently, the past that has its present, therefore its future, on earth as well as beyond the grave, begins to take part in the Absolute and in the Eternal. Only thus, rebirth from the temporal to the perpetual. Through rebirth, into eternity. This is the mystery of our “EREBOUNI”. All the Armenian symbols ever presented upon “EREBOUNI” decree this truth.
The pen has been designed to reflect the history and hope of Armenia; we incorporated national, historic, and theological themes and touched upon the key areas most important to the narrative history of our nation. It embodies a vision of memory and hope for our future.
The major figure on the pen is the dome of the three vaulted church “Zevartnots”, the seventh century masterpiece of Armenian architecture, symbolizing the Armenian faith in the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Eternal Flame
The “Eternal Flame” is the eternal fire lit in memory of the 1915 victims to venerate the Martyrs of April 24, established in the “Dzidzernagapert” memorial center, Yerevan, on 29 November 1967.
The “Pomegranate” is the symbol of life in the Armenian culture, representing fertility, abundance and marriage. The pomegranate is one of the main fruits in Armenian culture.
“100” is the three digit number designating the memorial Jubilee of the Armenian Genocide (1915-2015). The Armenian Genocide (Armenian: Հայոց Ցեղասպանություն Hayots Tseghaspanutyun),also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern (Armenian: Մեծ Եղեռն, “Great Crime”) is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915.
The Armenian Church
The Armenian “Church” is the temple of our souls. It is the world’s oldest national church and is one of the most ancient Christian communities. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the early fourth century (traditionally in 301) in establishing this church.
The two “Cranes” represent the Armenian traditional symbol of exile and the Armenian Diaspora. The letter Է is also formed by the two cranes and the semicircular decorative forms beneath the cranes. The two Է letters are united, touching the small church between them. This symbolizes the faith (the church) and language and culture ( the letter Է on the church). They unite the two realities, Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora.
The Wheel of Eternity
The “Wheel of Eternity”, with eight blossoming spokes, is the Armenian symbol of eternity
“Mount Ararat” is the portrait of the Armenian People and Land, and the symbol of their survival.
The 100th Commemoration
Over 135 memorials, spread across 25 countries, commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The 100th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated on April 24, 2015. Shown on the left is the official symbol of the 100th commemoration of the genocide.