April 24th: Armenian Genocide to be marked on Capitol Hill

Members of Congress will join with Armenian Americans, the governments of Armenia and Artsakh, and friends of the Armenian Cause in reaffirming American support for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide, at the annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration on Capitol Hill, which will be held this year on Wednesday, April 24th in the Hart Senate Office Building.

The annual remembrance, which will feature remarks by Members of Congress, is being hosted by the Congressional Armenian Caucus, with the participation of the Armenian Embassy, the Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, and Armenian American organizations.  The Master of Ceremonies this year will be community leader, Sarig Armenian, Esq., a prominent lawyer and a powerful voice on Armenian American advocacy priorities.

An ANCA action alert provides supporters with a quick and easy way to invite their legislators to participate in this remembrance.  The ANCA WebMail notes that: “This solemn remembrance will commemorate the Ottoman Empire’s systematic World War I-era campaign of intentional destruction and forced death-marches that killed or exiled millions of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and other minorities – emptying these Biblical-era homelands of their ancient Christian populations.  We encourage you to attend this program, to offer remarks, and to submit a statement for the Congressional Record.”  This standard letter goes on to emphasize that: The Turkish government, to this day, through diplomatic threats and arm-twisting – continues to reap the fruits of its crime, even as it enforces a gag-rule on American commemoration of this atrocity.  Today, less than one hundred of the thousands of pre-Genocide Christian churches in Turkey remain standing, and even the majority of those have been stolen by an ever more intolerant and anti-American Turkish government, as part of its campaign to erase even the legacy of once-thriving Christian civilizations.”

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