Galveston–TX–The City of Galveston issued a proclamation last week–marking the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide–reported the Armenian National Committee of Texas (ANC-TX). The city adds its name to the growing list of states–counties–and towns who have joined the Armenian American community in commemorating this crime against humanity.
"Armenia’s in Galveston and throughout Texas join together in thanking Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas for her proclamation commemorating the Armenian Genocide–for her leadership in the Galveston-Armavir sister city program–and for all of her outreach to the Armenian community," said ANC-Texas representative Vatche Hovsepian. "This is a kick-off of the 90th anniversary commemoration events in Texas. We recognize the important role Texas plays in national politics. We hope to build on this and other successes–catapulting ‘Texahye’ concerns on the state-wide level."
Since 2001–Galveston has been developing a special relationship with Armenia and the Armenian American community. Through the efforts of the University of Texas and widespread support by local Armenian community organizations–including the ANC–Galveston established a sister-city relationship with Armavir–Armenia. The University worked on healthcare and disaster preparedness projects in Armavir through a collaboration of the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID.) To read more about the University of Texas Medical Branch Community Outreach Partnership Program between Armavir–Armenia / Galveston–Texas–visit: www.utmb.edu/km/ArmavirPartnership/Default.asp