ANCA Eastern Region Activists Host an Impressive Array of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Events to Garner Awareness

April 27, 2023

Watertown, MA – Local ANCs throughout the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region hosted an impressive array of commemorative events and garnered unprecedented regional awareness for the 108th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide throughout the month of April, culminating on April 24 – the international day of justice for the Armenian Genocide

Activists from across the Eastern Region stressed the importance of this year’s commemoration in particular as it is marked amidst a blockade on Artsakh – a blockade that has lasted 134 days. The commemorations, proclamations and events throughout the month shed light on the continuation of genocide linking Ottoman Turkey’s treatment and annihilation of the Armenian people to Azerbaijan’s current genocidal behavior against Artsakh – home to indigenous Armenians for millenia. 

“On behalf of the ANCA Eastern Region board and staff, I am so incredibly touched by the work of the ANCA Eastern Region activists. Every year our activists plan commemorative events to underscore the importance of raising awareness of the internationally recognized Armenian Genocide; but this year, they went even further to sound the alarm on the humanitarian disaster impacting the Armenians in Artsakh as we speak. Our activists empowered their fellow Armenians in the homeland by garnering the support of federal, state and city-level governments who issued proclamations, gave speeches, made commitments, statements for the congressional record, hosted educational events, community outreach and so many more initiatives — initiatives that are heartfelt and impactful,” said Dr. Ara Chalian, ANCA Eastern Region Board Chair. 

A total of 42 proclamations were issued from states such as Illinois (8), Massachusetts (8), Michigan (9), New Hampshire (4), New Jersey (3), New York (1), North Carolina (3), Rhode Island (5) and Ohio (1). 

On the heels of U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide by legislative and executive branches, as well as the 50 U.S. states, these proclamations are a testament to the importance of creating awareness of the Armenian Genocide and the current danger the Armenian Nation faces today. 

Of the 42 proclamations, 35 were signed by cities: Warren, Birmingham City, Sterling Heights, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Livonia, Detroit, Hazel Park, North Chicago, Lincolnwood, Waukegan, Hoffman Estates, Glenview, Niles, Crystal Lake, Granite City, Boroughs of Fort Lee and Ridgefield, Chelmsford, Andover, Lowell, Billerica, Dracut, Methuen, North Andover, Haverhill, Windham, Salem, Manchester, Nashua, Asheville, Fayetteville, Xenia, North Providence and Cranston. Three were signed by governors of the states of Michigan, North Carolina and Rhode Island and three were signed by state bodies in the New York State Senate and Rhode Island State House of Representatives and Senate. 

Five of the Region’s ANCs also hosted flag raisings throughout their states including the ANC of Illinois’ flag raisings in North Chicago and Waukegan, the ANC of New Jersey’s flag raisings in the Borough of Fort Lee, and the ANC of Rhode Island’s flag raisings in North Providence and Cranston. The ANC of Merrimack Valley hosted its third annual flag raising in the cities of Lowell (where the inaugural flag raising took place several years ago), Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Methuen, North Andover, Haverhill and Westford with special guests including Congresswoman Lori Trahan, as well as commemorative flag raisings in coordination with the ANC of New Hampshire in Windham, Salem, Manchester and Nashua. 

In addition to flag raisings and proclamations, activists with the ANC of Granite City secured a Friendship City agreement between Granite City, Illinois and Ashan, a city in the Republic of Artsakh. The proclamation, spearheaded by Mayor Parkinson, sets the foundation for long-term cooperation between the two cities to exchange ideas about the future of Artsakh. 

Along the lines of education and cultural awareness, activists from the ANCs of Maine and Michigan, went a step further and created a library display in the Bar Harbor Library in Maine and Farmington Community Library to educate the community about the Armenian Genocide with an emphasis on the vital role that Ambassador Morgenthau played in the U.S. response during the Armenian Genocide. 

“I get the pleasure of working alongside the activists throughout the ANCA Eastern Region on a daily basis and am in awe of their commitment and dedication. The survival of the Armenian Nation hangs in the balance as we watch the events of genocide unfold right before our very eyes in Artsakh. Together as a Region, we commemorated the events of the past and laid a foundation for the future — a future in which no injustice against the Armenian Nation will go unpunished,” said ANCA Eastern Region Legislative & Community Affairs Director Nairi Diratsouian.

The Armenian National Committee Eastern Region local ANCs remain dedicated to advocating for Artsakh and Armenia and furthering Armenian Genocide education to ensure that the cycle of violence and the perpetuation of Genocide does not continue.

The Armenian National Committee Eastern Region thanks all of its sponsors, co-sponsors, advocates and volunteers for their continued support and dedication to the cause of furthering Hai Tahd and raising awareness for Armenian issues in the United States and abroad.


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