MANCHESTER, NH-The Mayor of a New Hampshire City Tuesday presented local Armenian Activists with a proclamation commemorating the Armenian Genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of Merrimack Valley.
The proclamation was presented to the Armenian community by Manchester Mayor Franc C. Guinta during a special session of Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. Present at the event were several members from the Armenian National Committee of Merrimack Valley–who helped organize the event–the Armenian Assembly of America, the Knights of Vartan, the American-Armenian Veterans, along with numerous community members.
Merrimack ANC Representative Aram Jeknavorian thanked the City and its Mayor for the proclamation and explained how Manchester had served as a sanctuary for survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
"The Armenian-American community of Manchester is moved and pleased that the City of Manchester, NH, which was a great safe haven for survivors of the Armenian Genocide, has taken action to proclaim its recognition of the Armenian Genocide and will continue to renew its proclamation annually," Jeknavorian stated.
Manchester, NH is located in the first Congressional District, overseen by first term Democrat Congresswoman Shea Porter. Shea Porter, who is not a cosponsor of the Armenian Genocide resolution, was sent an ANCA Congressional questionnaire asking her to respond to Armenian American issues. The Merrimack ANC has received favorable responses from other Congressional Candidates, which will be published in an upcoming press release.
Text Of Proclamation:
WHEREAS, for eight years, from 1915-1923, more than 1.5 million Armenia’s living within the Ottoman Empire’s borders were killed; and
WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of Armenia’s were forced to flee to foreign countries after being stripped of their possessions, their national identities and their homeland; and
WHEREAS, many Armenian-American in Manchester, in New Hampshire and throughout the country are descendents of these victims; and
WHEREAS, through this tragedy, and others like it, we must make and effort to confront those that seek to inflict unbearable destruction upon us and vow to never let the atrocities from our history become our future.
NOW, THEREFORE, I Frank C. Guinta, Mayor of the City of Manchester N.H. do hereby proclaim May 20, 2008, as the Armenian Genocide Remembrance in the city. I urge all citizens to recognized the tragedy that has affected the live of so many of Armenian decent and further urge citizens to work towards a future where such barbarism never happens again.
Given on this twentieth day of May, in the year of Our Lord two thousand and eight, and the independence of the United States of America, two-hundred and thirty-one.
Frank C. Guinta