|RIDGEFIELD, NJ--The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of New Jersey is organizing a program marking the 89th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The remembrance will take place on Saturday, April 24, at Sts. Vartanants Armenian Church in Ridgefield. A Memorial Service at Sts. Vartanants will begin at 6:30 pm, and will be followed by a bilingual program in the adjacent Church Hall.
Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau Member Hagop Der Khatchadourian will offer a keynote address in Armenian. Professor Henry Theriault, Director of Worcester State College's Center for the Study of Human Rights, will also deliver an address in English. Members of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) New Jersey "Arsen" chapter will also offer remarks during the commemoration.
In addition to the remembrance program, the New Jersey ARF “Dro” Committee, the New Jersey Hamazkayin, the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, and the Tekeyan Cultural Association are cosponsoring the showing of the BBC documentary "Armenia: The Betrayed" on Sunday, April 18. The viewing begins at 2:30 pm at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford.
Joining those in attendance will be BBC reporter Phillip Wearne, who will field questions from the audience at the conclusion of the documentary. In addition, Armenian Genocide survivor Rahan Kachian will be honored.
"Armenia: The Betrayed" details efforts to pass the Armenian Genocide Congressional resolution in October of 2000. Despite garnering wide bipartisan support, the resolution was pulled at the last minute from floor consideration by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), who cited a letter from President Bill Clinton expressing opposition to the legislation. The documentary features interviews with Congressmen George Radanovich (R-CA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Armenian Genocide survivors, and senior Turkish officials.
Both programs are free and open to the public. Further information can be obtained by contacting Kim Arzoumanian at email@example.com.
The Armenian National Committee (ANC) is the largest Armenian American grassroots political organization in New Jersey and nationwide. The ANC actively advances a broad range of issues of concern to the Armenian American community.