National Hero of Armenia (Armenian language: Հայաստանի ազգային հերոս
Hayastani azgayin heros) is the highest title in the Republic of Armenia. The law on the title was signed by President Levon Ter-Petrosyan on 22 April 1994. It is awarded "for outstanding services of national importance to the Republic of Armenia in defense and strengthening of the state system and creation of important national values." Along with the title, its recipients receive the Order of Fatherland. It was created as the Armenian successor to the Hero of the Soviet Union award, which was abolished upon independence of Armenia.
The first recipient of the title was Catholicos Vazgen I, the head of the Armenian church, who received it on 28 July 1994.
|28 July 1994||Vazgen I||Catholicos of All Armenians|
|11 October 1994||Viktor Hambardzumyan||scientist|
|14 October 1994||Alex Manoogian||businessman, philanthropist|
|20 September 1996||Movses Gorgisyan||activist, politician|
|20 September 1996||Geghaznik Mikaelyan||military commander|
|20 September 1996||Monte Melkonian||military commander|
|20 September 1996||Tatul Krpeyan||military commander|
|20 September 1996||Vitya Ayvazyan||activist, politician|
|20 September 1996||Jivan Abrahamyan||military commander|
|20 September 1996||Yura Poghosyan||military commander|
|27 December 1999||Karen Demirchyan||politician|
|27 December 1999||Vazgen Sargsyan||politician|
|27 May 2004||Kirk Kerkorian||businessman, philanthropist|
|27 May 2004||Charles Aznavour||singer, philanthropist|
|5 December 2008||Nikolai Ryzhkov||politician|
- Awards and decorations of Armenia
- "ՀՀ Օրենքը "Հայաստանի Ազգային Հերոս" Հայաստանի Հանրապետության Բարձրագույն Կոչման Մասին". National Assembly of Armenia. http://parliament.am/legislation.php?sel=show&ID=1412. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "National Hero of Armenia". Administration of the President of the Republic of Armenia. Archived from the original on August 10, 2004. https://web.archive.org/web/20040810023908/http://www.president.am/library/eng/?task=42&award=1. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "National Hero of Armenia". The Office to the President of the Republic of Armenia. http://www.president.am/en/highest-title/. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "State awards of the Republic of Armenia". Defence Ministry of the Republic of Armenia. http://www.mil.am/reward. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
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