Genocide Survivor Siran Kassabian Receives State House Proclamation

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WATERTOWN — The Armenian Community of Massachusetts, with the sponsorship of several state senators and representatives, has organized the Armenian Genocide commemorations at the Massachusetts State House for the last 28 years. At the commemoration, survivors receive proclamations. This year’s commemoration was scheduled to take place on April 19 but was scrapped due to the tragic events in Boston and Watertown on that day. On Sunday, May 12, Mother’s Day, during the Divine Liturgy, state Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown) and state Sen. Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont), presented the first State House proclamation to St. James Armenian Church parishioner, Siran Kassabian, 93, signed by Gov. Duval Patrick. In the photo, from left, are, Fr. Arakel Aljalian, Brownsberger, Hecht, Kassabian and her daughter, Hrip Parsekian.

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