By Marianne Firth
ST. CATHARINES, Canada (St. Catharines Standard) — One by one, carnations were carefully placed at its base.
The act was a showing of respect and moment of reflection for the some 200 people who attended the unveiling of the Armenian Genocide Memorial in St. Catharines Saturday.
The monument, which stands in front of the Armenian Community Centre on Martindale Road, recognizes the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turkish soldiers. The 1915 event is considered by many to be the first genocide of the 20th century.
The new outdoor space bears special meaning and resonates with each member of the Armenian community, said Sevag Belian, a member of the center’s executive.
“(It) reminds us of our people’s resilience and perseverance, despite the hardships they faced,” he told the large crowd that gathered for a ceremony on the center’s front lawn.