The official opening ceremony took place on October 31st, with the participation of not only the local people, but also dignitaries from neighboring cities and the federal government. His Eminence Archbishop Hrant Khatchadourian, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America based in New York, blessed the school, students, faculty, staff, administration, families, founders, and community of the first Armenian Elementary School in the U.S. That evening's banquet was the culmination of a long, arduous struggle. The community had been buffeted by many difficulties, yet it had overcome each setback and emerged stronger than before. Opening Ceremony