FRANKFORT, KY–The Armenian National Committee of America- Eastern Region Friday welcomed a proclamation issued by Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The "Bluegrass State" proclamation brings the number of states to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide to forty-one.
The powerfully worded proclamation designated April 24, 2008, as "Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide" in the state of Kentucky, noting that "recognition of the ninety-third anniversary of this genocide is paramount to guarding against the repetition of future genocides and educating people across the Commonwealth about the atrocities of these horrific events."
"Gov. Beshear’s proclamation reflects the growing sentimen’s of U.S. government officials to speak with moral clarity on the Armenian Genocide," stated ANCA Eastern Region Executive Director Karine Birazian. "The burgeoning Kentucky Armenian community’s initiative serves as an inspiration to Armenian American activists across the U.S. to redouble efforts to end Turkey’s gag rule on U.S. affirmation of this crime against humanity."
The Armenian National Committee of America is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.