Scottsdale events commemorate anniversary of Armenian genocide

A Genocide Memorial Service commemorating genocide and Holocaust martyrs will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Scottsdale Community College’s Genocide Memorial Monument.

Religious and secular dignitaries, including representatives from St. Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church, will speak and pray for the victims, according to a press release.

Also, there will be will a gathering at 5 p.m. at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Monument at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza across from the State Capitol with speakers, music and poetry, according to the release.

Events planned in Scottsdale and Phoenix will honor and remember the lost lives; call for an end to current and ongoing threats of genocide throughout the world.

The release added that Dr. Harry Demirgian, 88 of Scottsdale, will join members of the Armenian diaspora observing the somber anniversary. His parents escaped from Kharpert, which is a largely Armenian area in what was then the Ottoman Empire.

The Ottoman Turkish government ordered the extermination of Armenian people, beginning the night of April 24, 1915, when 200 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) were gathered and executed; mass killings and deportations of Armenians from “their ancestral homeland” resulted in the death of 1.5 million and nearly decimated the Armenian people, the release said.

This month, Armenians worldwide unite to remember the historically documented genocide, the release stated, adding that Scottsdale Community College hosts its annual Genocide Awareness Week April 15-20 as the Scottsdale community has numerous Armenian Diaspora members whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents survived the genocide.

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