Trinity Men's Union Dinner and Meeting
Monday, 11/13/17, 6:00pm
Holy Trinity Armenian Church
145 Brattle Street
Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
Honoring All Veterans
Guest Speaker: Charles S. Sahagian
WW II Armenian-American Veteran
recently awarded France's Highest Military Honor
6:00 p.m., Social Hour
7:00 p.m., Dinner
In observance of Veterans Day. the Trinity Men's Union will be honoring all veterans and is pleased to have as Guest Speaker, Charles S. Sahagian, who will talk about his experience during WW II - before, during and after the war. All are welcome to attend; open to the public. Donation for the losh kebab and kheyma dinner is $15 per person. RSVP is requested by November 12 by clicking the above purple button "Register/Get Tickets," or calling Dave Dorian at 617.501.4300.
Charles Sahagian was recently awarded France's highest military honor - The French Legion of Honor medal - by the Consul General of France in Boston, Valery Freland, at a ceremony on September 21, 2017, in the presence of Massachusetts Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Francisco Urena. Charles was one of four WW II American veterans to have been decorated with this medal. According to the Consulate General's official announcement, these veterans "were selected to be awarded the Legion of Honor for their bravery and heroism, and for their outstanding contribution to the liberation of France in World War II." Established in 1801 by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honor "is exclusively awarded in cases of exemplary military and civilian services. It is the oldest and highest honor in France. It is awarded by decree of the President of the French Republic. Since the 60th anniversary of D-Day, France recognizes every year many American veterans of WW II for their courageous service."
While still a teenager, Charles volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army. A few months later, he was assigned to the famous 3rd Army commanded by Gen. George S. Patton. Pvt. Charles Sahagian "served as a rifleman and heavy weapons specialist in the 347th Regiment, 87th Division of the 3rd U.S. Army in the European Theater during 1944-45. While clearing German units in the Moselle region in France, General Patton ordered Sahagian's battalion to immediately recapture the town of Saint-Hubert, Belgium. The resulting 30-hour march from France to Belgium was recognized as one of the fastest and furthest movements of infantry in U.S. army records. Honorably discharged in February, 1946, [now Pfc.] Sahagian received the Purple Heart, three Bronze Star Medals, the WW II Victory Medal, and the American Campaign Medal." Following his military service, Charles subsequently led an impressive career, serving as U.S. Representative to NATO specializing in military materials research, serving as a U.S. Representative to NASA (recommending materials experiments in space), and for three decades, as a Supervisory Physicist for the U.S. Department of Defense.
This is an opportunity for the Armenian-American community to honor not only this distinguished veteran, but all veterans who have served our country.