Governor Presents ANC Proclamation On Genocide Recognition

BEVERLY HILLS–Governor Gray Davis proclaimed April 24–2002 as "State Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide" in California to ensure that the truth of the Armenian Genocide is never forgotten and that the future generations of Armenian Americans and Californians can learn about this episode in history.

The governor commemorated the 87th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by presenting a proclamation to the Armenian National Committee of America and other Armenian organizations. The proclamation was received by Steve Dedeian–Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region.

"Governor Davis has been consistent in his over 20 years of public service to the people of California–as both a Gov. and a law maker on never wavering on the issue of recognition of the Armenian Genocide," stated Steve Dedeian. "We welcome this proclamation and are proud to accept it on behalf of the Armenian community of California."

In a meeting Tuesday with the US Ambassador to Armenia John Ordway and the Armenian Ambassador to the US Arman Kirakossian–Governor Davis extended warm wishes to all Armenia’s at this time of remembrance in the fervent hope that those lost will never be forgotten.

"Every year–we join with Armenian-Americans here in California and with the Armenian community abroad to mourn the loss of so many innocent lives," Governor Davis said. "All Californians should take time to remember those blessed souls and to recommit themselves to building a world where such events never happen again. As we honor the past–we must also seek justice for its victims."

Governor Gray Davis commemorated the 87th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by presenting a proclamation to the Armenian National Committee of America and other Armenian organizations.

"We must all do our best to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide," Governor Davis said. "Not only because it is an undeniable chapter of world history–but also because learning more about this unconscionable tragedy will help people better understand the necessity of eliminating hatred from our own communities."

The event honors the survival and perseverance of the Armenian people. The Armenian Genocide is well documented. Yet–it has been consistently derived by the Turkish Government.

Dadaian was joined by Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian–representatives of the Humenetmen Regional–Armenian Relief Society–Armenian Revolutionary Federation–Hunchak Social Democratic Party–Ramgavar Party and members of the Board of Directors of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region.

Governor Davis signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between California and Armenia on November 20–2002. The MOU strengthens and invigorates California and Armenian relations. It serves as a bridge to support the economic–educational and cultural ties between California and Armenia. It also fosters increased trade and foreign investment opportunities.

In 2000–Governor Davis signed SB 1915 to enable Genocide victims and their beneficiaries to bring a legal claim against insurance companies for outstanding benefits.

The Republic of Armenia was established on September 21–1991–following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since it separated from the Soviet Union–Armenia has enjoyed democratic rule and a free market economy. The past 10 years have been full of challenges and triumphs for the Armenian people–and the country has set an example for emerging democracies and freedom-loving people worldwide. California’s Armenian community has made contributions to many fields including commerce–culture–science and politics.

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