The Armenian Genocide

Armenians everywhere will gather today to mark the 95th anniversary of the genocide that claimed the lives of up to 1.5 million of our ancestors.

When I was growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, April 24 was a day of small, somber gatherings marked by prayers and speeches in Armenian, which I didn’t understand but listened to respectfully regardless.

Since then, our day of mourning has become a much more public event. We make our speeches in English, we march, we tell our story to the world.

As a result of Armenians speaking out, the truth about The Armenian Genocide is more widely known and understood than ever.

But at its core, today remains a day of reflection and remembrance. I think about my father, who survived, and his mother, who did not.

In memory of all our blessed martyrs, we pray for an end to all such crimes against humanity.

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  1. Anonymous April 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for this post Douglas. I love your website and am observing the 24th as well and remembering the family I never knew as a result of the Armenian genocide, and the family members that were touched by it.
    Thanks again. All best.

  2. David Blasco April 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Well done. A heart-felt yet dignified tribute to the meaning of the day.


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