Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia David Tonoyan's congratulatory address at the event dedicated to the anniversary of the formation of the Armenian Army

29 January, 2020
Honorable Mr. Prime Minister, dear comrades, dear guests
"I congratulate all of you on the occasion of the Army Day”
With these words, which you have heard now, for the first time in the history of our three republics, the Armenian people congratulated each other 100 years ago. For the first time at the end of 1919, more precisely on December 19, 20 and 21, the Armenian people celebrated Army Day with great luxury.

Today we celebrate the day of an army that, according to many experts, is considered to be the most capable and ready armed forces not only in the region but also in the world, capable of conducting military action at any time.

We celebrate the day of an army that, having already been equipped with modern armaments and aircrafts of the forth generation, finally has taken a proactive stance and moves forward on the principle of not only to counterattack, but also to dictate the situation, take preventive action, and if necessary, move the action to the adversary's territory but at the same time, remaining faithful to the peaceful nature of the Armenian people, appears with honor in the peacekeeping and humanitarian missions in five military bases around the world.

We celebrate the day of an army that enters the third decade of the 21st century with a new military structure, an updated command and control system that today moves rapidly towards becoming a human-centered structure, consistently encouraging and promoting the culture of making important decisions, taking responsibility for their successful implementation by the intelligent, educated servicemen and makes the utmost effort to properly equip and provide food to the serviceman proving the state's attitude towards the soldier.

We celebrate the day of an army whose officers receive professional education, have a sense of mission instead of duty, realize that they have taken charge of the most responsible public service in our country, and also realize that on the way to realizing our national dreams we should do at least a little more than it is instructed or accepted, guided by the motto "DO MORE THAN…".

And today we celebrate the day of an army whose personnel highly appreciating and recognizing all the heroes who stand at the origins of the army, overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and commitment does its best to continue the great work, to keep the spirit of victory guided by the simple realization that there should be a brick on a brick, not a brick instead of a brick.

On the occasion of the Army Day, this national holiday, I once again congratulate all of us and wish many reasons to be happy and proud of the achievements of the Armenian army and the Armenian people:

Glory to the Armenian people, who are improving and strengthening their homeland!

Eternal memory to the fallen heroes for the Homeland!

And glory and honor to today's hero of the day, a subject of pride for all of us, the victorious Armenian Army.