New Mexico Becomes 25th State to Designate April 24 As Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

SANTA FE–The State Legislature of New Mexico unanimously passed a resolution March 10–designating April 24–2001 as "Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day" (Senate Joint Memorial Resolution #34). New Mexico joins 24 other states across the country in recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Various local activists–including Mission Church and the Armenian Cultural Association of New Mexico joined forces and worked closely with the State Legislature to support this effort.

Two survivors of the Armenian Genocide accompanied several activists to observe the final vote. Following passage of the "Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day" Resolution–the entire Senate body rose to applaud its passage.

The resolution not only remembers those Armenia’s who perished–but also acknowledges the critical importance to teach present and future generations of the history of genocide.

SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 34 45th legislature – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – First Session–2001

INTRODUCED BY: Cisco McSorley

A JOINT MEMORIAL DESIGNATING APRIL 24–2001 AS ARMENIAN GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY

WHEREAS–beginning in 1915–the Ottoman Empire killed one and one-half million Armenia’s and forcibly deported five hundred thousand Armenia’s during an eight-year reign of terror; and

WHEREAS–Armenia’s were deprived of their homes–their dignity and ultimately their lives; and

WHEREAS–the United States has not made an official statement regarding the Armenian genocide; and

WHEREAS–the Armenian genocide has been acknowledged by countries and international bodies such as Argentina–Belgium–Canada–the council of Europe–Cyprus–the European parliament–France–Great Britain–Greece–Lebanon–Russia–the United Nations and Uruguay; and

WHEREAS–it is critically important for our nation to acknowledge what happened and to teach present and future generations of the history of genocide in order to prevent future genocides;

NOW–THEREFORE–BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that April 24–2001 be designated "Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day" in honor of the millions of innocent Armenia’s brutally murdered–in order to teach the horrors of genocide so that it may be eliminated from the human condition; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the New Mexico congressional delegation–the United Nations and the Armenian Assembly of America.

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