Congresswoman Clark’s Statement Marking 107th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Congresswoman Katherine Clark

The following announcement was provided by the office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark:

Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark (MA-5) released the following statement to mark the 107th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which is Sunday, April 24, 2022. Last year, President Joe Biden declared that the Ottoman Empire’s killing of 1.5 million Armenians was an act of genocide, an official recognition that Clark has supported throughout her career in Congress. Watertown, in Massachusetts’ Fifth Congressional district, is home to the third largest Armenian community in the United States. “As we mark the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we recognize this dark chapter in our world’s history and renew our commitment to preventing atrocities of this magnitude from ever happening again. The Armenian Genocide is not an opinion – its facts are undisputed, and the legacy of this trauma cannot be erased.

Residents Invited to Attend Armenian Genocide Commemoration at State House

Each April for the past 32 years, members of the Armenian community along with state legislators and guests have come together at the State House to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with the commemoration taking place on Friday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the House Chamber with a program of speakers, music, and honorees, announced State Sen. Will Brownsberger’s office. Following the ceremony, a reception provided by Ani Catering of Belmont will be held in the Hall of Flags. The event recognizes the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 by the Ottoman Turkish government. This is an opportunity for survivors and Armenian-American descendants to demonstrate their commitment to preserving their culture, religion, and language; working for humanitarian projects and awareness; and striving for recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

A Tribute to an Armenian Grandmother from Watertown

Ludér Tavit Sahagian of Needham recently wrote a tribute his grandmother Mayram Gulbahar Gigiyan Cinar, which he entitled “A True Salt of the Earth.” Here Sahagian’s tribute:

The year is 1915. The world is engulfed in warfare. In the cradle of civilization, an unprecedented genocide against the first Christian nation is festering. And Arusyak Hajinian, my maternal great-grandmother, is caught in the middle of it:

They smash open the house door and take her husband to purportedly serve in the army.

See How Local, National Media Covered the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide has been the focus of local and national coverage today, with stories of survivors, calls for the United States to officiall recognize the Genocide and a history of Armenians in Watertown. National Public Radio’s WBUR did a piece about Watertown’s Armenian residents, who make up the third largest concentration of Armenian’s in the United States. Reporter Bruce Gellerman went to the monthly gathering at St. James’ Armenian cultural center, and talked to local resident about the meaning of the Genocide. Read and listen to the story by clicking here.