The event, organized by the AYF’s Glendale Roupen Chapter, will begin at 5 p.m. outside of the St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale (500 S. Central Ave., Glendale CA 91204).
“We feel that the month of April should not only be a month to commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide but also a month to celebrate the fact that we are still here and we are still fighting for our people and our nation”, says Sevag Tchekidjian, AYF Glendale “Roupen” Chapter Executive Member. “Our existence today, shows that Turkey has indeed failed and continues to fail.”
In 1915 the Ottoman Turkish government set out to annihilate the indigenous Armenian population inhabiting the lands under its dominion. Between 1915-1923, the government executed a systematic campaign to exterminate the Armenian people and remove them from their historic homeland.
The Armenian Genocide, recognized as the first genocide of the 20th century by historians the world over, resulted in the death of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians and the loss of millions of dollars in property and land now under occupation by the Republic of Turkey.
The event seeks to rally the Armenian community of Greater Los Angeles in celebration of life with performances by Element Band, Armenian Public Radio, Palm of Granite and more. This event will bring the Armenian community together to show we are indeed united and continue to celebrate the existence of our rich culture.