FRESNO–Senator Chuck Poochigian (R-Fresno) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 5 designating April 24 as the "Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide." The joint resolution also memorializes the United States Congress to likewise commemorate the genocidal acts committed against the Armenian people at the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
April 24 is the date on which Armenia’s around the world commemorate the Genocide in recognition of the day in 1915 when a group of Armenian religious–political–and intellectual leaders were arrested and murdered. During the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23–nearly 1.5 million men–women–and children were systematically tortured and brutally murdered at the hands of the Turkish rulers. The Armenian Genocide became the world’s standard of atrocity until World War II. That is when Adolph Hitler gave reassurance to his followers about his Holocaust plans when he said–"Who–after all–speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenia’s?"
"We must ensure that the horrible experiences suffered by the Armenia’s at the hands of the Turkish rulers will never be forgotten," said Senator Poochigian. "April 24 is the day on which we commemorate the crimes committed against the Armenian people and recognize their courage and determination to survive."
California is home to the largest population of Armenia’s in the United States. The Armenian citizens have enriched our state through leadership in many fields and are proud–patriotic practitioners of American citizenship. By consistently remembering and forcefully condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenia’s and honoring the survivors–as well as other victims of similar heinous conduct–we guard against repetition of such acts of genocide.
"While the Genocide took place long ago and far away–the issue of its commemoration is more important than ever. Tens of millions of people have lost their lives by genocidal actions," said Senator Poochigian. "Another reason to remember the victims of the Armenian Genocide is to thwart a well-organized–well-financed effort to deny and rewrite history sponsored by the Republic of Turkey."