Armenian Genocide memorial unveiled in Las Vegas

Armenian Genocide memorial unveiled in Las Vegas

PanARMENIAN.Net - An Armenian Genocide memorial was dedicated at Sunset Park in Las Vegason Saturday, November 14, KTNV News reports.

The Armenian-American Cultural Society of Las Vegas dedicated the monument to the 1.5 million Armenians who were killed at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1923.

At the conclusion of the unveiling, children placed carnations on the monument as a tribute to those who died.

The monument is a replica of the one that was dedicated in 1965 in Yerevan, Armenia. It's made out of precast concrete and has 12 pillars, which represent the 12 provinces where Armenians were massacred, as well as a bench and dedication plaque on an adjacent boulder.

The more than 200 attendees also had a moment of silence at the monument unveiling to pay tribute to the least 120 people who were killed by terrorists in Paris on Friday, Las Vegas Review Journal says.

John Dolmayan, a Las Vegas resident and drummer of the Armenian-American rock band, System of a Down, said the Paris attacks hit close to home.

"My friends the Deftones were supposed to play a show tonight at the venue where the attacks happened," he said of Le Bataclan concert hall. "It was just a bunch of kids going to a rock show, what have they done?"

Dolmayan attended the monument unveiling to pay tribute to his heritage, which he said is the most important thing.

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