ST. PAUL–In memory of the 1.5 million Armenian victims of genocide during World War I–Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura–Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman–and Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton have proclaimed April 24 as Armenian Remembrance Day–the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota announced on Monday–April 16.
His Excellency Dr. Arman Kirakossian–Armenia’s ambassador to the United States–will be the keynote speaker at Minnesota’s second annual public commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on April 24–2001 at St. Sahag Armenian Church and Community Center. The Hon. Susan Kimberly–Deputy Mayor of Saint Paul–and The Hon. Colleen Moriarty–Deputy Mayor–are among the special guests of the program.
"The Armenian Genocide–which was conceived and carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923–resulted in the deportation of nearly two million Armenia’s–of whom 1,500,000 men–women–and children were killed and 500,000 survivors were expelled from their homes," the Governor and Mayors have proclaimed. In editorials of September and October 1915–the Minneapolis Journal–Minneapolis Tribune–Saint Paul Pioneer Press–Rochester Daily Post and Record–Duluth News Tribune–and other Minnesota newspapers unambiguously condemned the genocidal measures then in progress against the Armenia’s.
Minnesota’s official observance of Armenian Remembrance Day is being presented by the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota and the following cosponsors: Armenian American Action Committee of Minnesota (Armenian Assembly)–Armenian Dance Ensemble of Minnesota–Armenian Ensemble–Cafesjian Family Foundation–St. Sahag Church and Community Center–and the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.