February 6, 2013 - 11:44 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Pasadena City Council Candidate John J. Kennedy has announced his full support for the Armenian Genocide Memorial proposed by the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee. The site selected for the Genocide Memorial is in Memorial Park which is located in District 3, the Council District that Kennedy is on the ballot to be elected to represent.
“I have reviewed the final Design Proposal selected by the Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee,” said Kennedy.
The Design Proposal submitted by Catherine Menard from the Environmental Design Department at Art Center College of Design was among 17 design proposals considered by the Design Review Panel headed by Stefanos Polyzoides a principal of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists. The Design Review Panel recommended approval of the Menard Design Proposal to the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee which unanimously approved the recommendation on January 13, 2013.
Kennedy noted that, “I was asked by an Armenian shopkeeper when I was in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, to give a very old Armenian Orthodox Bible, written in Armenian, that had been in his family for generations, to President Barack Obama. I kept my promise when I delivered the Bible to First Lady Michelle Obama to share with the President.”
"That Bible serves as a reminder to the United States Government that it must provide full recognition of the Armenian Genocide,” said Kennedy.
“When the Genocide Memorial is presented to the Pasadena City Council I will make the motion for approval and urge my Council colleagues to join with me,” he added. “I have long supported full recognition of the Armenian Genocide and this Memorial is another step toward the understanding needed to heal the hearts of the Armenian people.”