LA City Council Honors Armenian Genocide Anniversary

At the podium, City Councilman Paul Krekorian makes presentation, with Prof. Richard Hovannisian in the background (photo by Jeremy Oberstein)

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council, led by Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Council President Eric Garcetti, commemorated the 96th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide today. During a morning presentation, the Council honored UCLA Professor Richard G. Hovannisian, world-renowned author and one of the foremost experts of the Armenian Genocide.

“The history of the 20th Century has shown the consequences of the world’s failure to learn the lessons of genocide,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “Too often, we have seen that the world will continue to suffer genocide until we emphatically reject hate in all of its forms and hold accountable the perpetrators of all crimes against humanity. Today, Los Angeles recognized the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and I was proud to stand with my colleagues on the City Council to honor the legacy of UCLA Professor Richard G. Hovannisian. Though he is a world-renowned scholar, Dr. Hovannisian’s contributions are not just academic in nature.  The insights he offers allow us to better understand our collective history and remind us all of the need to combat genocide and other human rights violations whenever and wherever they occur.”

Krekorian and Garcetti recognized Hovannisian in front of the entire City Council, presenting him with an official recognition for his work in ensuring the memory of the 1.5 million who perished in the 20th Century’s first genocide will live on in history books forever.
“This year marks the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and today we recognize those who have the courage and are working to ensure that it never be lived again,” said Council President Eric Garcetti.

Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian represented Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, and was accompanied by Archpriest Fathers Vicken Vassilian and Nareg Pehlivanian. Archishop Vatche Hovsepian and ANCA-WR representatives were in attendance.

Last year, the City Council honored filmmaker Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, one of the few remaining survivors of the Genocide before his death on Dec. 10, 2010.


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