California Legislature Commemorates the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Armenian Caucus Honors Salpi H. Ghazarian and Salpy Kerkonian; Announces 3rd Annual Scholarship Winners

SACRAMENTO, CA — Monday April 17, members of the California Legislature commemorated the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, even as the United States of America continues to turn a blind eye to the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians.

“We commemorate the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to remember the 1.5 million souls lost and to celebrate the Armenian’s contributions to California,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “Through vigilance and education we can banish genocide to our history books.”

“Armenian-Americans have not only survive, they have thrived and enriched the fabric of our communities. The genocide is about people and real stories. For me, it is about my wife Vanessa and her family, people I love and who are Armenian-Americans,” said Senator Wilk. “By remembering the horror of the genocide we are taking steps to ensure it never happens again.”

Earlier this year the Armenian Caucus, in partnership with the California Arts Council, launched its 3rd Annual Essay and Inaugural Visual Arts Scholarship. Both are open to any California high school student.

During the Senate and Assembly Floor Session Senator Wilk and Assemblymember Nazarian honored two outstanding Armenian-Americans and presented them with Joint Legislative Resolutions commemorating the genocide:

Salpi H. Ghazarian, USC Institute of Armenian Studies leader, for her contributions to addressing and resolving national and global challenges in Armenian communities.

Salpy Kerkonian, flutist and specialist in the interpretation of music by Armenian composers.

Wilk and Nazarian also provide legislators with the book, Bread from Stones, by author Keith David Watenpaugh.

The Armenian Caucus was formed in 2015. It is a platform for Armenian-American voices at a statewide level and is open to all legislators, Armenian or not, who are interested in learning more about the community’s issues.

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