LAS VEGAS – One hundred rings chimed to mark the centennial of the Armenian Genocide during a somber commemoration ceremony on April 23rd at the Armenian Apostolic Church of Las Vegas.
After the prayer service, Father Narek Maderian declared, during the candlelight vigil, that the 1.5 million martyrs who perished during the Genocide are now saints. Among those present at the event, were Honorary Consul for the Republic of Armenia, Andy Armenian, SDHP Executive Board member Garry Sinanian, and SDHP Las Vegas chapter member George Hagopian.
On April 24th, the Armenian American Cultural Society of Las Vegas (AACS), Clark County commissioners and other community leaders presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Las Vegas Armenian Genocide Memorial Monument at Sunset Park. The projected date of completion for the monument is in September, it will coincide with the Republic of Armenia’s Independence Day.
Serving as the keynote speaker, Honorary Consul Andy Armenian, discussed the history of Armenian-Americans residing in the Las Vegas community throughout the years and thanked those responsible in that region for memorializing an important chapter of world history.
“On the centennial of the Armenian Genocide where Armenian survivors were scattered to countries all around the world, we would like to remember the 1.5 million victims who were killed 100 years ago and at the same time thank America and the State of Nevada for providing us an opportunity for a new beginning,” said Armenian. “Today the Armenian-American community in Las Vegas is donating this memorial monument at Sunset Park to the people of Southern Nevada so new generations remember the tragic history in order not to repeat such terrible deeds in the future.”
“The Armenian community is funding this project’s design, construction and upkeep,” said Commissioner Scow. “But the entire Las Vegas community benefits, because this monument will allow our citizens to come to know and learn about this very sordid and shocking chapter in world history. I’m happy to support this endeavor and look forward to the monument’s completion.”
“I applaud the Armenian community for bringing this project to fruition and Clark County is proud to lend its support,” said Commissioner Sisolak. “The unspeakable acts endured by the Armenian people must never be forgotten. This memorial will help ensure that happens and assist in educating future generations.”
“Las Vegas is home to over 20,000 Armenian, said Mr. Sinanian. “This is a great way for the community to come together to reflect on and honor those who perished during the Armenian Genocide.” Mr. Hagopian echoed Sinanian’s sentiments and added, “it is important that all the organizations in the community come together to work together to have a monument that is suited for the entire community.”