Remembering 'The Great Crime'
Ceremonies at City Hall and Memorial Park commemorate the Armenian Genocide
By André Coleman 04/23/2014
Pasadena officials were expected to commemorate the Armenian Genocide at two separate ceremonies this week.
Sponsored by the Armenian Community Coalition, the first event was set to begin at 10 a.m. today at City Hall with a presentation of the colors, followed by the National Anthems of the United States and the Republic of Armenia performed by the Marshall Fundamental School Orchestra. The Boy Scouts of the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s Pasadena-Glendale Chapter will serve as honor guards.
On Sunday, city leaders will gather for the ground blessing of the future location of Pasadena’s Armenian Genocide Memorial in Memorial Park. The memorial will be unveiled next April in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the genocide. That event is sponsored by the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee (PASAGMC). For more information, visit pasagmc.org.
The consecration will be performed by Hovnan Derderian, archbishop of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Choirs from the Sahag Mesrob Armenian Christian School in Altadena and the Armenian General Benevolent Union High School in Pasadena will perform.
In the Genocide, more than 1.5 million Armenians were hanged, poisoned, drowned or marched into the desert to die from 1915 to 1923 by soldiers with the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The Turkish government has historically denied these events occurred.