CUPERTINO, Calif.—People all around the world remembered the more than 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago. All communities, large or small, took part in paying homage to all their ancestors who perished during this Genocide starting April 24, 1915.
On April 19, 2015, St. Andrew Armenian Church of Cupertino, Calif., with the participation of Homenetmen Ani Chapter, AGBU of Silicon Valley, ARS Agnouni Chapter and ARF Sardarabad Gomideh took part in Commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
It was standing room only in our Church for this unprecedented gathering attended by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, and ten Mayors along with representatives from our neighboring cities.
Following the opening prayer by Archpriest Fr. Datev Harutyunian, Arra Yerganian, MC for the day, welcomed our honored guests followed by the Flag Ceremony by the Homenetmen Ani Chapter and the singing of the American and Armenian National Anthems by Lori Panossian, accompanied on the Piano by Karina Ambartsoumova.
The day’s program included several moving songs and poems by Homenetmen Ani Scounts and St. Andrew Anahid Nalvarian Armenian School Students followed by Hagop Nazarian on Violin with the Melody “Pari Arakil” accompanied by Karina Ambartsoumova on piano as well as two songs by vocalist Lori Panossian, “Hayots Hovig” and “Yerevan Erepuni” where you could hear the crowd joining in.
A segment of the Charlie Rose Show featuring The Armenian Genocide Documentary Film “Geffrey Robertson QC discusses the Armenian Genocide” was presented. The documentary was in English thus appealing to our young audience as well as to those non-Armenians who attended the Commemoration.
The key note speakers, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Supervisor Joe Simitian, both delivered very strong and moving speeches, overjoyed by the response of the young people who have accepted the responsibility to continue the campaign for worldwide recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the Armenians being a vital part of the community wherever they reside, as proven by both our Speakers. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo will also take part in the US Delegation to Yerevan on April 24.
The program ended with carnations being passed out to all attendees to be placed at the foot of the Khachkar (Armenian Cross) in front of St. Andrew Armenian Church.
We wish to thank Archpriest Der Datev Harutyunian, The South Bay Area Centennial Committee, and all of our contributors and participants in making this Commemoration a Memorable Event.