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Although khachkars have come to represent an important part of traditional Armenian culture and their emplacement to mark such events as the appalling loss of life during the Genocide is to be encouraged, I think there are practical and moral difficulties with Odette Bazil's suggestion. The high cost of authentic khachkars would I think prohibit large scale replacement of normal headstones and one must bear in mind that a headstone is primarily a family's mark of remembrance for a loved one and is therefore extremely personal.
Having said that, perhaps local Armenian communities in the diaspora might consider the erection of khachkars at suitable places, taking the establishment of the Cardiff khachkar as a model - for more details of this particular scheme, please click here .
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