LAS VEGAS–During the commemoration of the 93rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Las Vegas Armenian community honored Congresswoman Shelly Berkley
with a plaque for her relentless efforts for congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
The packed audience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) applauded Congresswoman Berkley’s strong position on the issue. After accepting the plaque from the event chair, Hriyr John Dadaian, Congresswoman Berkley noted, "as a Jew, it is a shame to deny somebody else’s genocide and that it is why I cannot deny what happened to the Armenia’s and I will continue to support recognition."
The commemoration also featured as keynote speaker Mr. Armen Liloyan, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles, on his first official visit to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Liloyan spoke passionately about the need for the current Turkish government to recognize the Genocide of the previous Ottoman Empire and to come to terms with its past so that the regional neighbors may move toward a prosperous future.
Additionally, staff members representing Senator Reid, Senator Ensign, Congressman Porter, and Congressman Heller delivered strong statemen’s joining the community’s commemoration and recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
Adroushan Andy Armenian, Treasurer of the Armenian-American Cultural Society of Las Vegas and Board Member of the Genocide Memorial Committee, presented plans to erect a Monument at a dedicated Memorial Park in Las Vegas. The UNLV Armenian Students Association presented a slide show depicting various Genocide Monumen’s throughout the world. Mr. Armenian also noted several recent donations and pledges for the project. Congresswoman Berkley also pledged her personal donation for the memorial.
"With support from our elected officials and representatives of the Armenian Republic, the Las Vegas Armenian-American community recommitted itself to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, so that we can work to prevent similar human rights tragedies from recurring," stated Hriyr John Dadaian in closing the program.
Participants for the commemoration also included the Armenian Relief Society "Shoushi" Chapter Saturday School students; the Homenetmen "Artsakh" Chapter Scouts; the Armenian Evangelical Church Choir; Herman Brumm performing violin and piano solos.ANC of Nevada advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian
American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.