Kassakhian To Lead April 25th Congressional Armenian Genocide Observance

Ardashes Kassakhian

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan to offer the Morning Prayer in the Senate on the morning of the observance

WASHINGTON—Glendale City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian, a veteran of public service on Capitol Hill, will serve as Master of Ceremonies of this year’s Capitol Hill Observance of the Armenian Genocide, set to take place in the historic Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on April 25.

The program is being hosted by the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, in conjunction with Armenian American organizations, and with support of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia and the Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

As Master of Ceremonies, Kassakhian will welcome Armenian Americans and anti-genocide advocates from across the United States, and introduce Senators and Representatives participating in the program to mark this solemn occasion and reaffirm the commitment of the American people to a truthful and just resolution of this crime.

Earlier that day, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, has been invited by the Chaplain of the Senate, at the recommendation of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), to offer the morning prayer on the Senate Floor. The Archbishop’s invocation will be broadcast nationally on C-SPAN2 and streamed online on www.cspan.org as well as www.senate.gov.  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 anca@anca.org with any questions.

Who: Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
What:    Armenian Genocide Commemoration
Where: Senate Kennedy Caucus Room – Russell 325
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm

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