Judge Babikian thanked the Minister for her words and for considering him worthy of the medal. Keghart.com reached Judge Babikian who said: "This is a great honor to receive this award on the eve of the Genocide centennial." He dedicated the award to his grandfather, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide and to all victims of Medz Yeghern. He said: "This award means so much to me, specially since it comes from the homeland which we have dreamed of for centuries. People who help solidify Armenia-Diaspora ties in the Diaspora through professional activities and strengthen the Armenian identity so far from the homeland are greatly honored to receive this recognition."