LOS ANGELES – This week, Los Agneles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian led the city’s centennial commemoration of the Armenian people’s heroic resistance at Musa Dagh.
As the Ottoman government carried out the expulsion, massacre and deportation of the region’s Armenian population from their homes and land, and perpetrated genocide against the Armenian people, Musa Dagh was one of four sites where Armenians organized a strong defense of their community against Ottoman forces. From July 21 to September 12, 1915, the Armenians of Musa Dagh heroically endured 53 days of siege and battle. In the years since, Musa Dagh has become a symbol of Armenian survival. It was popularly memorialized in Franz Werfel’s 1933 novel “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh” and has become a symbol of Armenian survival around the world in the years since.
Councilmember Krekorian was joined by the Mousa Ler Association of California during the commemoration event at Los Angeles City Hall.
“This is an important symbol of resistance and heroism for the Armenian people,” said Councilmember Krekorian. “It is also a great source of inspiration for all those around the world who have faced oppression or seemingly insurmountable odds. Musa Dagh is also an example of the courage and determination of the Armenian people, traits that have been passed on through the generations and allowed us to survive and thrive.”
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents Council District 2, which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and other communities in the east San Fernando Valley. He is the first Armenian-American elected to city office in Los Angeles. Krekorian’s website is www.paulkrekorian.org, where you can sign up for news updates. Visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulkrekorian