For the 24th year, thousands of Armenian Americans and their supporters will gather in Times Square (on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets) to commemorate the first genocide of the 20th century—the Armenian Genocide. Scheduled to take place on Sun., April 26 from 2-4 p.m., this historic event will pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire. The commemoration will also celebrate the survival spirit of the Armenian people, their rich heritage, and their contributions.
Speakers will include Armenian and non-Armenian political and civic leaders, and students. The event is free and open to the public.
The 94th commemoration is organized by the Mid Atlantic chapters of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan (www.knightsofvartan.org), a fraternal organization of Armenian Americans. It is co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (www.agbu.org), Armenian Assembly of America (www.aaainc.org), Armenian National Committee of America (www.anca.org), Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, and Social Democratic Hunchagian Party.
Participating organizations include the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, Prelacy of the Armenian Church, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Presbyterian Church, Armenian Evangelical Church, Armenian Catholic Eparchy for U.S. and Canada, and several Armenian youth organizations.