Each year the descendants of the Pontian-Greeks along with all Hellenes and Phil-Hellenes across the United States and Canada commemorate the victims and honor the heroes of the Pontian-Greek Genocide that took place in the Black Sea area of Pontos at the hands of the Ottomans, New Turks and Kemalists
The Consulate General of Greece in NY in coordination with The Pan-Pontian Federation of USA & Canada and The Press & Communication Office–Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN and in cooperation with the local Pontian Societies of “Komninoi” of New York and “Pontos” of Norwalk Connecticut and the Holy Institution of Panagia Soumela will host the 95th Commemoration of the Pontian-Greek Genocide on Friday May 16th, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Greek Press and Communication Office 305 East 47th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City.
This year’s event will feature Dr. Taner Akçam, Professor of History and Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University and Dr. Constantine G. Hatzidimitriou author, historian and educator.
Stephanos Papadopoulos will read poems from his third collection titled “The Black Sea”. Mr. Papadopoulos is the 2014 recipient of the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize.
A reception will follow with traditional Pontian Cuisine prepared exclusively by the Women’s Associations.
Vespers, Memorial Service and Wreath-laying ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 7:00 pm at the Panagia Soumela Chapel (253 Marshall Hill Road – West Milford NJ 07480).
The raising of the Greek and Pontian flags event will take place on Sunday May 19th, 2014 at 12:00 (noon) at Bowling Green Park in Lower Manhattan (intersection of Broadway and State Street). This event is co-sponsored by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York.