LOS ANGELES–In a statement released Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored the memory of Ghazaros Kademian, one of the oldest remaining survivors of the Armenian Genocide and a longtime ANCA supporter.
Kademian passed away on January 24 at his home in Glendale, California. Born in Zeitoun in 1907, he lived a life full of faith and dedication.
Villaraigosa recalled the remarkable his remarkable life and stressed the importance of recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
“Ghazaros Kademian’s story is one of survival and strength, courage and conviction, passion and purpose,” the LA Mayor said. “He emerged from one of the darkest chapters of human history and worked to shed light on the tragedy of the Armenian genocide.”
“We were all blessed by his spirit, commitment, dedication and service, Villaraigosa said, adding that he hoped he hoped Kademian’s passing would serve as a reminder “of our collective obligation to honor the memory of those who perished and recognize the facts of past atrocities.”
During his tenure in the State Assembly and as Los Angeles Mayor, Villaraigosa has repeatedly demonstrated his steadfast support for the Armenian community and has been a consistent supporter of Armenian Genocide recognition resolutions.
"As Ghazaros looks down upon each of us, may his life and legacy inspire us all to continue exposing the truth about the horrors of history and pursuing justice for future generations," he said.