Wednesday, April 20, 2011

City Council commemorates 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Today I joined with Councilmember Paul Krekorian, our Council colleagues, and members of Los Angeles's Armenian American community in the city's official remembrance of the Armenian Genocide, during which 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children lost their lives and 500,000 survivors were expelled from their homes.

As part of the presentation, we honored Professor Richard G. Hovannisian, an American historian and scholar who was the first holder of the Armenian Education Foundation Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA.

This year marks the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and today we recognize those who have the courage and are working to ensure that it never be lived again.