President Obama Issues Statement on Armenian Remembrance Day

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U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement on the occasion of Armenian Remembrance Day. American-Armenians form the second largest community in the Armenian diaspora after Armenians in Russia.

Read The President’s statement below:

“Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor those who perished in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. We recall the horror of what happened ninety-nine years ago, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, and we grieve for the lives lost and the suffering endured by those men, women, and children. We are joined in solemn commemoration by millions in the United States and across the world. In so doing, we remind ourselves of our shared commitment to ensure that such dark chapters of human history are never again repeated.”

“I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view has not changed. A full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all of our interests. Peoples and nations grow stronger, and build a foundation for a more just and tolerant future, by acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past. We continue to learn this lesson in the United States, as we strive to reconcile some of the darkest moments in our own history. We recognize and commend the growing number of courageous Armenians and Turks who have already taken this path, and encourage more to do so, with the backing of their governments, and mine. And we recall with pride the humanitarian efforts undertaken by the American Committee for Syrian and Armenian Relief, funded by donations from Americans, which saved the lives of countless Armenians and others from vulnerable communities displaced in 1915.”

“As we honor through remembrance those Armenian lives that were unjustly taken in 1915, we are inspired by the extraordinary courage and great resiliency of the Armenian people in the face of such tremendous adversity and suffering. I applaud the countless contributions that Armenian-Americans have made to American society, culture, and communities. We share a common commitment to supporting the Armenian people as they work to build a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous nation.”

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Armenians everywhere, as we recall the horror of the Meds Yeghern, honor the memory of those lost, and reaffirm our enduring commitment to the people of Armenia and to the principle that such atrocities must always be remembered if we are to prevent them from occurring ever again.”

Genocide Remembrance Day or Genocide Memorial day, is a national holiday in Armenia and is observed by Armenians in dispersed communities around the world on April 24. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. The date 24 April commemorates the Armenian notables deported from the Ottoman capital in 1915, hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, most of whom would be executed.


3 COMMENTS

  1. Genocide Acknowledgment without Accountability is hollow and meaningless – it is worse than denial.

    No amount of apology or acknowledgment will ever be sincere or enough – it is Genocide Acknowledgment with *Accountability* that matters.
    The Turks have not only murdered humans, destroyed an ancient culture, civilization and rewritten history, the Turks continue to legitimize the act as well as the racist ideology that led to the act.

    The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) confirms the events as the Armenian Genocide.

    Why then others attempt to call the Armenian Genocide by a different word? – > To remove the criminal element of “Intent”, a key component that constitutes genocide.

    Why then refer to it by different label? –> To free genocidal-Turkey from Accountability: land, reparation and restitution.

    What matters is the *accountability* and specifically Armenian owned lands, assets, wealth of Armenians confiscated, not to mention the lives of 2 million people brutally murdered, reparation and restitution.

    • The day will come whenTurkey will be forced to pay reparations for the crimes of humanity their grandfathers did.Next year will be one century of the day that this horrific crime was committed and more countries will come together to condemn it and demand compensation for the victims and their surviving families.And this will be an example to other countries who think they are a law onto themselves and that there is punishment sooner or later for crimes of humanity and savage genocides.

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