Candlelight vigil, marches honor Genocide victims throughout U.S.

Candlelight vigil, marches honor Genocide victims throughout U.S.

PanARMENIAN.Net - The annual Armenian Genocide commemoration took place on Friday, April 22 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, LA Times reports.

During Glendale’s 15th commemoration, Mayor Paula Devine said the city "has long stood with the Armenian community, and I'm proud to stand with you this evening."

Councilman Ara Najarian, who has attended 12 of Glendale's genocide remembrance events, served as the keynote speaker and used the occasion to talk about the origins of the Genocide, LA Times says.

The evening also featured a performance by the Djanbazian Dance Academy, the classical modern dance company based in La Crescenta, and music from Ara Dabandijan and Soseh Aramouni, both of Element Band.

Also joining the Armenian Genocide commemoration was Boston, where a prayer service was held on Saturday, April 23, The Bsoton Globe says.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley led the ecumenical service that marked the first time the Archdiocese of Boston has formally commemorated the genocide that killed 1.5 million people.

Besides, the Armenian community of Washington, D.C. organized a host of marches and other events to mark the Genocide anniversary and draw the U.S. administration’s attention to this most important cause.

A candlelight vigil was organized in front of the White House.

A divine liturgy in memory of the victims of the Genocide will further be served on April 24.

The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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