HENDERSON – On April 18, Armenian-American community leaders, activists and elected officials of Las Vegas gathered to celebrate the opening of the Honorary Consulate of Armenia, the first honorary consulate in Nevada, which will serve approximately 20,000 Armenian-Americans living in the Las Vegas region and beyond.

“Having an honorary consulate will be greatly beneficial to the growing Armenian-American community here in the valley,” said Garry Sinanian, Executive Board Member of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, Western United States. “As a constituent, I’m proud that Governor Sandoval has issued a proclamation declaring April 19-26 the ‘Days of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide’ and I’m looking forward to remaining states, who have not done so already, to following this trend of recognizing the past. The honorary consulate will be a great addition to our state.”

Among the elected officials in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev), Rep. Joe Heck ( R-Nev.), and Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen all of whom expressed their willingness to work with the  Armenian-American community.

According to Honorary Consul Andy Armenian, the honorary consulate, located at 1013 Whitney Ranch Drive, will serve as a cultural center and later offer passport and visa services for both visiting Armenian and American travelers. It is Armenia’s second consulate in the United States, joining the Los Angeles office of Armenia’s Consulate General.

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