BOSTON — Each April for the past 32 years, members of the Armenian community along with state legislators and guests have come together at the State House to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. This year the commemoration will take place on Friday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the House Chamber with a program of speakers, music, and honorees.
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Hall of Flags.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo will provide welcoming remarks and Governor Charlie Baker has been invited to present the proclamations. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will deliver the keynote address.
Anthony Barsamian, James Kalustian, and Dr. Ara Nazarian, co-chairs of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration Committee, and Ambassador to the Vatican and former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn will be recognized with joint Senate and House resolutions.
The late Speaker George Keverian began the annual commemoration at the State House in 1985. His brother, Jack Keverian, will offer an update on the George Keverian Memorial Scholarship Program on behalf of the Keverian family.
Music and the participation of youth are an integral part of the commemoration. Performing will be children of St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School, jazz guitarist John Baboian, and vocalist Mary Galstian. Members of the Homenetmen Scouts will also be attending.