April is a very important month for all Armenians, especially those in the diaspora due to the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. This year marks the 98th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.As part of this very significant commemoration, schools around the diaspora participate in events that will bring awareness to our youth about the Armenian Genocide and its role in our survival as a nation.
On April 4, 2013, Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School commenced this commemoration with an assembly where students and faculty participated.The assembly opened with teachers, Vartan Mikayelyan, Taline Apanian, Sona Madarian, and students presenting their thoughts and emotions about the genocide.
This was followed by a procession of students holding flags of the countries that have currently recognized the existence of the Armenian Genocide. Finally, the closing speech was given by Dr. Alina Dorian. Dr. Dorian urged students to continue to pursue a life of being a true Armenian. She urged students to not only practice and learn about their culture and traditions, but lead the future by gaining acceptance and recognition of the Armenian Genocide as truth.
Dr.Dorian also pointed out that it is now their responsibility to make sure more flags would be added to the list of countries that have already given recognition, especially the United States and most importantly Turkey.
She also reminded students that Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School was founded by survivors of the Armenian Genocide for survivors, as we all are. This being said, she stressed the importance of not losing our existence as a nation as the Turks had originally intended. As many of our students expressed in their own writing, “No, not ever again!”