Colorado Legislature Passes Armenian Genocide Legislation

DENVER–The Colorado State Legislature unanimously passed on April 6–a joint resolution commemorating the Armenian genocide of 1915-1923. During this period–1.5 million men–women–and children of Armenian descent were annihilated–accounting for more than half the Armenian population.

Senator Lois Tochtrop and Speaker Andrew Romanoff were the co-sponsors of the lengthy resolution describing the Armenian atrocities and continued denial of the events by the current Turkish government. A portion of the resolution reads: "Whereas–Armenian-Americans living in Colorado have greatly enriched our state through their leadership in business–agriculture–academia–government–and the arts; now–therefore– 1. That this legislative body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to be recognized at a memorial service on Sunday–April 24–2005–at the Armenian Genocide memorial plaque located in the northeast quadrant on the State Capitol grounds; 2. That we–the members of the General Assembly–hereby acknowledge April 24–2005–and every year hereafter–as "Colorado Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide;" 3. That the State of Colorado respectfully urges the United States Congress to likewise commemorate the Armenian Genocide."

"This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and it is fitting that the Colorado Legislature continue its tradition of designating April 24 as Colorado Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide," said Kim Christianian–chairperson of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee for Armenia’s of Colorado–a non-profit cultural organization.

The 90th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide Commemorative events in Colorado begins on April 21. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society’s ACC Chapter–with co-sponsor Armenia’s of Colorado–will host The Greatest Crimes of the 20th Century: Genocide/Holocaust Commemoration. Ken Allikian–an Armenian/American whose parents survived the genocide–will be the guest speaker–as well as Walter Plywaski–a Holocaust survivor and scholar. Phi Theta Kappa chapter president Simon Maghakyan will present briefly on the cultural genocide that destroyed thousands of Armenian churches and historical monumen’s in historic Armenia–at the Arapahoe Community College Waring Theatre.

On Sunday–April 24–Armenia’s of Colorado will host the Commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian genocide at the Memorial Plaque located in the N.E. Quadrant of State Capitol grounds. Guest speakers will include State Senator Lois Tochtrop and Speaker Andrew Romanoff. The community is invited to participate in a joint commemorative church service at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church beginning at 2PM. There will be clergy from both the Armenian Apostolic Church of Denver and from the Armenian Apostolic Church of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region. There will also be a talk with Tatul Sonentz-Papazian–long-time Armenian National Committee activist and Armenian Relief Society International Office Publications Director and Editor of "Hai Sird," the multi-lingual periodical of the ARS. Papazian is the recipient of the St. Mesrop Mashtots Medal by Catholicos Aram I–for meritorious contributions to the promotion of Armenian culture in the diaspora. The talk will be held in the church cultural center 4610 E. Alameda Avenue Denver–Colorado 80246. For directions and more information please visit www.armenia’sofcolorado.org.

Armenia’s of Colorado Inc. was established in June 1980–as a 501( c) (3) non-profit–cultural organization. Its purpose is to create a cohesive Armenian community and to further the understanding of Armenian history–culture–and heritage. AOC actively supports issues and concerns of the Armenian/American community here in Colorado–as well as those identified within the Armenian Diaspora throughout the world. AOC represents the interests of over 1000 Colorado Armenian residents accounting for over 300 Armenian families throughout the state.

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