Monday, March 16, 2015

Ohio Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Cleveland area events April 24-25 lead into national gatherings at Washington D.C.

Full schedule below...
(Thanks to John for sharing this.)

For background on the Armenian Genocide, see this essential article by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, who calculated that in Asia Minor over 3.6 million Eastern Christians were killed by Muslims from 1894 to 1923. The Armenian Genocide is one of the most horrific examples of the 14-century-old pattern of Islamic jihad against Christians. Its relevance for us today is obvious, as we are seeing a new genocide against Christians being committed by Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa.

Cleveland Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

The decision to annihilate the entire Armenian population came directly from the ruling triumvirate of ultra-nationalist Young Turks. The actual extermination orders were transmitted in coded telegrams to all provincial governors throughout Turkey. Armed roundups began on the evening of April 24, 1915, as 300 Armenian political leaders, educators, writers, clergy and dignitaries in Constantinople (present day Istanbul) were taken from their homes, briefly jailed and tortured, then hanged or shot (United Human Rights Council).

By the end of WWI in 1918, 1.5 million Armenians were dead. So this year the Armenian community in Ohio will unite to commemorate the Centennial and honor the memory of the Armenians who perished at the hands of the Turkish Moslems.


Friday, April 24, 2015
Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Ave. E
Cleveland, Ohio 4411 
• 5:30 pm Reception - Commemoration Program
• 6:00 pm Cultural Program with Guest Speaker - Dr. Douglas Kerr

Organized by Father Hratch Sargsyan
St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Orthodox Church Richmond Heights

Saturday, April 25, 2015
St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church 2100 East Pleasant Valley Road
Seven Hills (Parma), Ohio 44131
Fr. Mikhail E. Mikhail, D. Min.

• 10 - 12 Noon in The Chapel
Joint Divine Liturgy (non-Chalcedonian churches)

• 12 Noon - Program and Reception to follow

These events (together with some national events) are listed and described on the Armenian Genocide Centennial, Local Events website, where you can also subscribe for updates. 

2011 Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, Times Square, NYC.