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Armenian Genocide Commemoration on Friday

posted Apr 17, 2012, 10:01 PM by Bobby Reardon

The Bay State's Armenian community will fill the State House on Friday, April 20 for the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

This year's ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. The event is both solemn and celebratory, recognizing the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 by the Ottoman Turkish government, as well as honoring survivors and looking forward as Armenian American descendants commit themselves to preserving their culture and working for humanitarian projects and awareness. 

Buses to the State House will leave at 9 a.m. from St. James and St. Stephen’s Church in Watertown. 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.


Khatchig Mouradian, a journalist, writer and translator, will deliver the keynote address. Mouradian is the editor of the Armenian Weekly newspaper; the Program Coordinator of Rutgers University Center of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights; and a PhD candidate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.