METHUEN, Mass. – Those who drive these days on Route 1 in the towns of Foxborough and Lynnway, or on 495 in Methuen of the commonwealth of Massachusetts may notice several billboards honoring the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide and all genocides. As during each of the last twenty-three years, this year too Peace of Art, Inc. continues its annual Armenian Genocide commemoration campaign in various Massachusetts cities.
“The teenager on the billboard, orphaned in 1915 and survived the genocide, is the same teenager who roamed the whole world being born on a foreign land, the same one who later liberated Artsakh and the same youngster who currently lives proudly in independent Armenia. In the soul of every Armenian, no matter where he lives in the homeland or abroad, will always live the same youngster that will never forget and never give up, demanding condemnation and redemption for impunity,” says artist Daniel Varoujan Hejinian, from Chelmsford, Mass. He is the president and founder of the Peace of Art organization.
Since 1996, Hejinian has been displaying the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Billboards. In 2015, Peace of Art Inc. launched its Armenian Genocide Centennial awareness billboard campaign under the name of “100 Billboards for 100 Years of Genocide,” in the cities and towns of the U.S. and Canada.
This year the billboards will remain on display until April 30.