NEW YORK — The towering tenor voice of Elie Berberian reverberated among the thousands gathered in Times Square, echoing the unveiled pain and fighting spirit of Armenians throughout centuries as the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide took place on Sunday, April 22.
As the colorful flags of the Armenia and Artsakh Republics waved among the city’s skyscrapers, elected officials, artists and educators took to the stage to reaffirm their commitment to Armenian Genocide recognition around the world and their continued stance of solidarity with their fellow Armenians in the homeland.
“The size of this crowd, your energy and your spirit show that deniers of Armenian Genocide will never be able to kill the truth,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who speaks dutifully at the commemoration every year.
A co-signer of Senate Resolution 136 in support of U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Schumer said “it’s time for President Trump to publicly and officially acknowledge the Armenian Genocide as every good Democrat, Republican and Independent should do, because it is the American thing to do.”
Schumer highlighted the leadership and strength of Armenian community leaders who “kept the Armenian spirit alive.” He honored the memory of Sam Azadian, a Genocide survivor and the founder of the Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration, who taught him about the “Armenian history and culture and encouraged me to be a strong advocate for human rights.”
“Sam, I will never forget your words or the efforts to get the Armenian Genocide recognized,” vowed Schumer.