And by Aram Arkun
BOSTON — The annual Massachusetts State House commemoration took place on April 20, featuring keynote speaker Raffi Bedrosyan from Toronto, and an increased role for state Rep. David Muradian (R-Grafton). It also marked the absence of Representatives James Miceli and Speaker Robert DeLeo, who were both unwell.
Gov. Charlie Baker was not in the chamber during the event but joined those commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the luncheon held after the events.
After entering the House Chamber in a solemn procession led by the sergeant at arms, several members of the clergy were led by the Homenetmen Scouts holding the Armenian and American flags.
The invocation was offered by Rev. Stephan Baljian of St. Gregory Armenian Church of North Andover.