Armenian Genocide commemoration events planned for April 24

Armenian Genocide Memorial

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand will keynote Fresno State’s annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the Armenian Genocide Monument at the Maple Mall (south of the Satellite Student Union). The event marks the 102 anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

The ceremony will be preceded by a laying of flowers at the monument, beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to Brand, Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro and Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Fresno Berj Apkarian will speak during the event.

Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program, will serve as the master of ceremonies. The free, public event is presented by the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Fresno, Armenian Students Organization and the Armenian Studies Program.

The Armenian Students Organization will hold a ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Memorial on the Fresno State campus from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 24. Speakers will include ASI President Tim Ryan and keynote speaker Professor Hagop Ohanessian. Fresno State students and students from Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School will perform.

INFO: Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Fresno website.


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