The massive crowd at Times Square in 2015

Knights and Daughters of Vartan to Hold Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square


NEW YORK — The 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will take place in Times Square, on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Join thousands in solidarity alongside noted politicians, academics and artists to honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide while advancing the fight towards global recognition. Special accolades will be given to the US House and Senate for standing on the right side of history and approving measures formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Cultural aspects of the program will be presented by members of the Armenian homeland as well as the Diaspora. Students from the Sipan Armenian School of Paramus, NJ, will sing the Armenian and American anthems. The commemoration will be led by the masters of ceremonies Armen McOmber, Esq. and Nvair Beylerian.

In conjunction with the Times Square Commemoration, the Knights and Daughters of Vartan sponsor an annual global essay contest and Young Professionals event, 100 Years & Beyond, for the New York metro area.

The annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square is sponsored by the Knights of Vartan and Daughters of Vartan, a national fraternal organization, and co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of America, Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Armenian Bar Association and the Armenian Council of America; participating organizations include the Diocese of the Armenian Church, Prelacy of the Armenian Church, Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Tekeyan Cultural Association, Armenian Missionary Association, Armenian Evangelical Union, Armenian Catholic Eparchy, and several national Armenian youth organizations.

The event was founded in 1985 by the late Sam Azadian, a former Brooklyn, New York resident, who lost four siblings during the Armenian Genocide

Essay Contest

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The essay should be no more than 500 words, double-spaced, in 12-point font.

A digitally created image, digital photograph or photograph of an original art piece can also be sent. Accepted file formats: .jpeg, .bmp

Films should have a running time no longer than 5 minutes and the accepted file formats are : .mp4, .mpeg, .mov

This is not a research paper but should have original words and thoughts. The essay will be judged on its originality, clarity, historical accuracy and understanding of the essay contest theme. All submissions should include the primary source link and/or name.

The contest is open to high school and college students. The deadline is April 5. Email submissions to

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners chosen by the judges will be awarded $300, $200 and $100 respectively and announced at Times Square and in the media.

The essay contest is sponsored by Knights & Daughters of Vartan ( an

international Armenian fraternal organization headquartered in the U.S.

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