Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Armenian Genocide

Armenians everywhere will gather today to mark the 95th anniversary of the genocide that claimed the lives of up to 1.5 million of our ancestors.

When I was growing up in the 1950s and '60s, April 24 was a day of small, somber gatherings marked by prayers and speeches in Armenian, which I didn't understand but listened to respectfully regardless.

Since then, our day of mourning has become a much more public event. We make our speeches in English, we march, we tell our story to the world.

As a result of Armenians speaking out, the truth about The Armenian Genocide is more widely known and understood than ever.

But at its core, today remains a day of reflection and remembrance. I think about my father, who survived, and his mother, who did not.

In memory of all our blessed martyrs, we pray for an end to all such crimes against humanity.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post Douglas. I love your website and am observing the 24th as well and remembering the family I never knew as a result of the Armenian genocide, and the family members that were touched by it.
    Thanks again. All best.

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  2. Well done. A heart-felt yet dignified tribute to the meaning of the day.

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