WASHINGTON–DC (ANCA)–Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas has issued a proclamation marking the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide–making the Sunflower State the 38th US state to go on record commemorating this crime against humanity.
"Armenian Americans very much appreciate Governor Sebelius’ leadership in adding Kansas to the list of US states that have formally recognized the Armenian Genocide," said Aram Hamparian–Executive Director of the ANCA. "We are hopeful that the growing pressure on the White House–from state governmen’s and US legislators–will impress upon the President that he should not stand in the way of Congressional legislation marking this crime against humanity."
In the proclamation–issued on April 20–Gov. Sebelius proclaims April 24–2005–"Armenian Remembrance Day." She notes that April 24th marks "the ninetieth anniversary of the genocide and deportations of countless Armenia’s in Ottoman Turkey; this great sorrow continues to haunt not only Armenia’s but also their neighbors in Turkey."
Governor Sebelius goes on to "salute the modern nation of Armenia–and Armenia’s everywhere," noting that "Kansas is grateful for the contributions of Armenian Americans who have chosen Kansas as their adopted home. They have employed wisdom–courage and centuries old traditions to enrich the character of our state through their leadership in business–agriculture–academia–government and the arts."
In 2004–Governor Sebelius had issued a proclamation marking June 18–2004 as "Kansas-Armenia Partnership Day." The measure called attention to the special relationship between the Kansas National Guard and Armenia–which began in 2003 as part of the State’s Partnership Program. That program pairs developing nations in Europe–South America and Asia with the National Guard in states and territories to foster mutual interests and establish long-term relationships.
During a June 18–2004 special ceremony held at the State Defense Building in Topeka–State Adjutant General–Maj. Gen. (KS) Tod Bunting noted–"Our Constitution starts ‘We–the People of the United States?’ Through this program–it is ‘We the People’ of Kansas who are reaching out in a spirit of cooperation to the people of Armenia to show them who we are and how we live and to learn from them who they are and how they live."