Los Angeles County Commemorates the Armenian Genocide
LOS ANGELES – Supervisor Mike Antonovich along with members of the Armenian community which included Sergey Sarkisov, Consul General of Armenia, Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, and Very Reverend Father Muron Aznikian of the Western Prelacy, gathered to remember the Armenian Genocide 99 years ago.
“Los Angeles County is home to the largest population of Armenians in the United States, and they have enriched our County though their leadership in the fields of business, agriculture, academia, medicine, government and the arts,” said Antonovich.
On April 24, 1915, the Turkish government began systematic extermination of the Armenian community. Religious, political, and intellectual Armenian leaders were along the 1.5 million victims who were arrested and murdered.
A documentary called “Grandma’s Tattoo,” created by Suzan Khartalyan, is a very revealing film capturing the torture and inhumanity faced by women who were tattooed, placed into prostitution, and forced marriages during the genocide.
“Due to this horrible tragedy the Armenian community is committed to ensuring that those who have died due to human rights atrocities are never forgotten,” said Antonovich. “By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Los Angeles County demonstrates its sensitivity to the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar events in the future.”
Organizations represented included: Western Diocese: Peter Darakjian, Antranig Zorayan and Dr. Vahram Birick. Armenian Council of America: Krikor Moloyan and Mike Khatchadourian. Armenian American Community Coalition: Chris Chahinian. Glendale DPSS: Vahak Abcarians & George Madoyan. SEIU Local 721 Armenian Caucus: Shoushan Boghboudarian & Silva Kechichian.