FRESNO, CA–On Saturday, April 24th, the Armenian National Committee of Fresno-Central California (ANC Central CA) commemorated the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with its annual “Walk for Remembrance” which culminated at Fresno City Hall. There, the over 500 local residents were joined by city officials and community leaders to pay homage to the victims and call for Congressional recognition of this crime against humanity.
“Today we are gathered to pay homage to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate those that were able to survive — and to those of us that are members of the diaspora, to make certain that we educate the next generation,” remarked Fresno City Council Member Andreas Borgeas who served as the event’s emcee.
He was joined by US Representative Jim Costa (CA-20-D) who recalled his efforts to urge Turkey to confront its genocidal past.
The community keynote address was delivered by former ANC regional Board Member and Chairperson Raffi Hamparian. He reminded those gathered of the community’s responsibility to the few remaining survivors to continue to the fight for recognition and justice.
As part of its weekend commemoration events, the Fresno Armenian community also hosted a lecture by Dr. Taner Akcam at Saint Paul Armenian Church.
The Armenian National Committee of Fresno-Central California advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.