Between April 13-20, residents of may notice a large red, blue and orange banner stating “We Remember the Armenian Genocide” at the intersection of Main St. and Farmington Ave. in West Hartford, West Hartford News informs.
The banner commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, when more than 1,500,000 Armenian men, women and children living in the Ottoman Empire died through a systematic government program of mass deportation, starvation and outright murder.
This past Sunday, Pope Francis conducted a special memorial service for the victims of the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Turks.
This year the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated at a solemn ceremony in Hartford, Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. The key-note speaker will be the accomplished writer Chris Bohjalian, author of multiple New York Times best sellers including “The Sand Castle Girls.” All are welcomed to attend.