“If you ask me to describe Samvel in one word, I will say light….”
There is no greater love than sacrificing one’s life for others. There is no greater love than sacrificing one’s life for the Homeland. The Heroes program today tells about the hero Samvel Matinyan.
Samvel Matinyan was born on February 24, 1996, in Aygehovit, Tavush region. He was the third and most expected child of the family.
In 2002 he got admitted to Aygehovit Secondary School, named after Artashes Vasilyan. In 2013, he graduated from school with excellence, then he got admitted to two higher educational institutions: Yerevan State University, the Department of Physics and Mathematics, and Military University, named after Vazgen Sargsyan.
The choice wasn’t hard; the military profession was closer to his heart. He was an artilleryman. He studied at the university for 4years, and after receiving the rank of lieutenant, he went to Jrakan as a squad commander. The choice was not accidental, as he had passed a professional trial period in Jrakan, took part in the April war, and fell in love with the region.
Samvel was a brilliant artilleryman with high professional and human qualities. Already in the third year, he was the Commander of a Motor-Rifle company, with the rank of Captain. He loved his work and cared about every soldier, and it is not accidental that none of the soldiers of his company died in the war. He was truly devoted to his work to be called an officer.
During the 44-day war, Samvel fought against the enemy for 35 days and then was surrounded and led his army out of the blockade. His earthly life ended at the age of 24 on the battlefield.
Samvel Matinyan was posthumously awarded “Zoravar Andranik,” “Courage,” and “Military Service” medals.