NEW YORK — Thousands of Armenians, Jews and their supporters will gather in Times Square to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The theme of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration is “Turkey is Guilty of Genocide: Denying the Undeniable is a Crime.”
Dennis R. Papazian, PhD, national grand commander of the Knights of Vartan and founding director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Mary A. Papazian, PhD, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Lehman College, CUNY, will preside over the ceremonies.
Commemoration participants will include Armenian Genocide survivors, elected officials, humanitarian, cultural, religious, educational and community leaders.
Presenters include Richard G. Hovannisian, PhD, holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA, and Joan Rivitz, EdD, associate director of the New
Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and commissioner and commission chair of the New Jersey Commission on Civil Rights. Other presenters include Attorney Mark J. Geragos, who helped lead groundbreaking federal class-action lawsuits against New York Life and other insurance companies for policies issued to Armenians living in Turkey prior to the Armenian Genocide; Rep. Anthony Weiner (DNY) and New York City Comptroller John C. Liu.