Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance Set For April 25

Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) with Yeretsgeen Sirarpi Khoyan at the 2011 Capitol Hill Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Eastern Prelate Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan to offer the morning prayer in the Senate earlier that day

WASHINGTON—Armenian American organizations, in conjunction with the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, and with support of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia and the Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, will host the annual Capitol Hill Observance of the Armenian Genocide in the historic Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on April 25th, reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Glendale City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian. Armenian Americans and anti-genocide advocates from across the United States are invited to join Senators and Representatives in marking this solemn occasion, and reaffirming the commitment of the American people to a truthful and just resolution of this crime.

Earlier that day, Eastern US Prelate Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan has been invited to offer the morning prayer on the Senate floor. The Archbishop’s invocation will be broadcast on C-Span 2 and streamed online on as well as In 2010, Archbishop Choloyan offered the morning prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives at the request of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and the invitation of the House Chaplain. 

Two pieces of legislation have recently been introduced in the U.S. Senate related to the Armenian Genocide.  The first, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, S.Res.399, offered by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), calls upon the U.S. government to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide and to use the lessons of this atrocity to prevent future crimes against humanity.  The second, the Return of Churches resolution, S.Res.392, introduced by Senators Scott Brown (R-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Mark Kirk calls upon Turkey to return stolen Christian church properties to their rightful owners.

The Senate Kennedy Caucus Room is located in the Russell Senate Office Building Room 325, located on Constitution Avenue, between Delaware Ave, NE and 1st Street NE. The closest metro station is Union Station (Red Line). Limited pay hourly parking is available at the Union Station parking structure.  Contact the ANCA at with any questions.

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