Glendale City Council Presents Genocide Proclamation

Glendale City plans week-long events to commemorate the Armenian Genocide

GLENDALE–The Glendale City Council Tuesday presented a proclamation declaring April 24 a city-wide day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide.

Mayor Rafi Manoukian presented the proclamation during the regular session of the City Council to representatives of the Armenian-American community of Glendale.

"This year’s Genocide remembrance activities will be unique in that our city–Glendale–will officially remember the victims of the Armenian Genocide with a slew of activities. We thank the city officials and urge the entire community to take part in these commemorative activities," said Artin Manoukian–chairman of the Glendale Armenian National Committee.

The City of Glendale will host a series of events from April 21 through April 26th as part of "The Week of Remembrance." All events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The commemoration activities will begin on Sunday–April 21–from 4-6 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library when panelists will discuss "Man’s Inhumanity to Man." Panelists will include Dr. Simon Payaslian–Professor of History at UCLA–and Donald Miller–Professor of Religion and Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC.

On Wednesday–April 24–from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Glendale Civic Auditorium–there will be a commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

The event will include several speakers including Dr. Levon Marashlian–Professor of History at Glendale College and Valery Mkrdoumian–Council General of Armenia. The event will also include a video program by Dr. Michael Hagopian–an art exhibit and more.

The Annual Commemorative Event Committee is organizing this April 24 event–along with other events on April 21 and April 26. The Committee encourages everyone to attend all of the upcoming events.

Parking for the April 24 commemoration is available at the Civic Auditorium parking lots. For more information–please contact the City Manger’s Office at (818) 548-4844.

On Friday–April 26–from 6-8 p.m.–at Glendale City Hall-Perkins Plaza–there will be a special ceremony concluding the week’s events.

Speakers will include Holocaust survivors and Wanda Dorn–a performance by the Character and Ethics Kids.

The event will conclude with a candlelight vigil.

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