By Andy Turpin
WATERTOWN, Mass. — The commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide resonates differently with those in the Armenian-American community.
To some, the anniversary signifies another dirge unanswered, to others it stands for the commonality of a bond that surpasses partisan politics and ecumenical aisles.
Marc A. Mamigonian, academic affairs director of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) in Belmont said of the Genocide’s 95th year of remembrance and struggle for acknowledgement in the US Congress that, “Time is passing. Very few survivors of the Armenian Genocide are still with us. Yet even before they are gone, we hear that Genocide recognition will do nothing for anyone who is alive today, and that what happened in 1915 is, in effect, ancient history.”
“Yet it is not ancient history,” he added. “There is such a thing as responsibility towards the living, the dead, and towards truth in history. This is a responsibility we all bear — Armenians, Turks, everyone. The responsibility will not die with the survivors but will continue as long as truth in history is not respected.”
Rev. Gregory V. Haroutunian of the First Armenian Church in Belmont likewise said that the significance of this year’s commemoration lies not in the number of years the Genocide is memorialized, but in the small number of Armenian Genocide survivors alive today who have always stood as living testaments to the events.