By Aram Arkun
BOSTON — The Armenian community of the Boston area and many prominent government representatives from Massachusetts came together for the 101st anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at the Massachusetts State House on April 22. As many as 275 people filled the House Chamber. Massachusetts State Rep. Jonathan Hecht of Watertown and Cambridge served as the master of ceremonies for a nearly two-hour program of music, awards and speeches.
The commemoration began with the procession of elected officials and clergy led by Homenetmen scouts. After an invocation in Armenian by Monsignor Andon Atamian of Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Cross, state Rep. John Lawn of Watertown (standing in for Rep. David Rogers whose mother was sick in Philadelphia) led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, and the children of St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School sang America the Beautiful and Mer hayrenik, the Armenian national anthem.