State House Armenian Genocide Commemoration on April 11

BOSTON — This year marks the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In recognition of the occasion, the annual State House Commemoration to honor and remember those who suffered through these tragic events will be held in the House of Representatives Chamber on Friday, April 11 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

All are invited to attend.

Mark Geragos, an attorney and leading voice in the Armenian-American community, will deliver a keynote address on genocide and justice, and Armenian Heritage Park architect Donald Tellalian will receive a Joint House and Senate Resolution.

Following the ceremony, there will be an informal catered reception in the Great Hall of the State House.

Lalig Musserian, chair of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Planning Committee, said of the event: “Our genocide is still an open wound and history will judge the people who perpetuated this crime against Armenians. I am hopeful that someday, the political cynicism ends and we can finally recognize the truth about the Armenian genocide.”

State Rep. Jon Hecht (D–Watertown) said, “It’s a tremendous honor to work with the Armenian community of Massachusetts to commemorate the genocide against the Armenian people starting in 1915. Speaking the truth of these events from the State House is simple justice for the victims of the Armenian Genocide as well as a powerful deterrent to future atrocities.”

“The approach of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is all the more poignant in light of the human rights violations committed — even today — against Armenians and so many other groups,” said state Sen. Will Brownsberger (D–Belmont). “The pursuit of recognition and justice for survivors endures, and we look forward to the commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in that spirit.”

State Rep. David Rogers (D–Cambridge) commented that, “The 99th Armenian Genocide Commemoration is an important event for the Armenian-American community, but also for everyone in Massachusetts. Reflecting on the Armenian Genocide is a valuable chance for us all to remember that human rights abuses persist and to pledge once more to honor the memory of those who perished in part by working to make our society a more just and peaceful one.”

Buses to the State House will leave at 9 a.m. from St. James and St. Stephen’s Churches (465 Mount Auburn St., Watertown, and 38 Elton Ave., Watertown, respectively). The bus service is donated by the Knights of Vartan, Ararat Lodge No. 1, and is free.

Buses will leave the State House at 1:30 p.m.