MONTEBELLO—Freeway signs directing drivers to the Armenian Genocide Martyrs’ Manument were installed Tuesday. The signs placed along the 60 freeway near the Garfield/Wilcox exits in Montebello.
On April 1, the State of California will officially hold an unveiling ceremony of the signs, following a reception will be held at the Montebello Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument at Bicknell Park. The event will be held at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Monument will become a historical landmark in 2015, coinciding with 100the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument was unveiled in April, 1968 to honor the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government from 1915 through 1921, as well as to honor all victims of crimes against humanity.
The California State Assembly passed a bill directing the Department of Transportation to place informational signs on the 60 freeway directing motorists to the “Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument.”
This was no small achievement and has been heralded and commended by the entire Armenian community. The current plan is to have the freeway signs installed in the next few months, prior to next year’s April 24th commemoration event. A celebration event is being planned for early spring and more details will be provided in January.
Clearly, the monument serves as a beacon for Armenians all around the world and its importance cannot be understated as we continue to remember and honor all of the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Accordingly, we hope you enjoy the site and learn a bit more about the past, present and future of the monument.