WASHINGTON–Senator Barbara Boxer of California issued a statement marking the 87th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Below is the text of that statement.
This year–we commemorate the 87th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide–one of the most tragic events in world history. Between 1915 and 1923–a million and half Armenia’s were brutally murdered in a calculated attempt to rid Armenia’s from the Ottoman Empire.
During those savage years–Armenian men were separated out and killed–while women–children and the elderly were sent on forced death marches across the Syrian desert. A million and a half Armenia’s died–families were shattered and millions were persecuted. And while Armenian Americans know this story and its importance–others still question its historical accuracy. A great tragedy was suffered by the Armenian people–and all nations must understand the truth. If we are to prevent genocide–let us start by recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
More than 80 years after the Armenian Genocide–Armenia’s are working to rebuild their great nation. After years of persecution–the Armenian people have been able to rise above the injustice they faced to pursue their dream of freedom. The Armenian spirit is strong and enduring.
As we recognize a time marked by tragedy–we must never forget that every act of genocide is ultimately an act against all humankind. Let us never forget the first genocide of the 20th Century.