By Florence Avakian
WASHINGTON — The Centennial of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated in a united manner during a three-day program in the nation’s capital, Thursday, May 7 to Saturday, May 9. All Armenian-American churches, compatriotic and benevolent organizations, as well as political groups are uniting to speak with one powerful voice to the American nation and the world.
Dr. Noubar Afeyan, chairman of the National Genocide Commemoration Committee, emphasized the concept of unity for this event.
“We aspire to present important themes for this centennial observation,” he stated. “For all Armenians, there is this apprehension and inadequacy that we haven’t done enough to be worthy of the people who died a hundred years ago. There is also the idea of blending of the commemoration and bringing attention to what the survivors have accomplished,” he pointed out.
And then there is the strong belief that “we need to express our gratitude and deep appreciation to the institutions and people who have contributed so valiantly to our survival and well-being. Many forces stepped in and supported us, especially in the United States.