Trees planted in Armenian village in tribute to couple


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Armenian Tree Project pledges to plant trees to celebrate humanitarian work done by late husband and wife.

About 150 volunteers planted 20,000 evergreen trees in an Armenian village last week, the first round of trees that are set to fill a memorial forest honoring a young couple whose unexpected deaths shocked the Glendale Armenian community.

As part of a social-media campaign, the Armenian Tree Project, an environmental nonprofit, pledged to plant up to 50,000 trees to celebrate the humanitarian work done by Sosé Thomassian and Allen Yekikian, who died in a car accident during their honeymoon in the country of Georgia last May.

The organization, which partnered with the Sosé & Allen Legacy Foundation, plans to plant the remaining 30,000 trees in Stepanavan, Armenia, which is about three hours from the capital of Yerevan, in the fall.

“This is a living and breathing tribute to two special people,” said Vaché Thomassian, Sosé Thomassian’s brother. “The fact that more than 10,000 people participated in this campaign goes to show the amount of lives Sosé & Allen touched. I look forward to visiting Stepanavan over the next years and decades to see this forest grow.”

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