Mass. State House Genocide Commemoration on April 15

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BOSTON — The annual commemoration at the State House of the Armenian Genocide will take place on Friday, April 15, beginning at 11 a.m.

 

This year, the featured speaker will be Tom Samuelian, the dean of the American University of Armenia’s Law School, who lived in Boston before immigrating to Armenia in the 1990s.

 

Leading the effort at the State House for the diverse committee tasked with putting together the day’s program are state Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown) and state Sen. Steven Tolman (D-Second Suffolk and Middlesex Districts). Chairing and coordinating the organizing committee is Tsoleen Sarian. The group represents a wide cross-section of the Armenian community in Massachusetts.

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Sarian, who works for the campaign of the new Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, said this was her 11th year of participating in the program. She recalled that she would regularly attend as a member of the Homenetmen Scouts.

 

The program this year, titled “Honoring the Truth by Educating the Next Generation,” will focus on schools that are leading the efforts in enriching the young members of the community. The principals of the two Armenian day schools here, the Armenian Sisters’ Academy and St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School, will receive joint House and Senate Resolutions paying tribute to their efforts.

 

The Erevan Choral Society, led by conductor Konstantin Petrossian, will perform.

 

A light reception will follow the program. The annual commemorations at the State House were launched in 1985 by the late Speaker George Keverian.

 

Buses to the State House will leave at 9 a.m. from St. James and St. Stephen’s Churches, as well as the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center. The bus service is donated by the Knights of Vartan, Ararat Lodge No. 1, and is free.

 

Buses will leave the State House at 1:30 p.m.

 

All meetings for coordinating the program were held at the offices of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator.

— Alin K. Gregorian