A Proclamation by the Senator Florida
State of Florida
April 24th, 2013
A resolution recognizing April 24, 2013, as Armenian Martyrs Remembrance Day.
WHEREAS, 1.5 million men, women, and children of Armenian descent were victims of the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and thereafter; and
WHEREAS, the killing of the Armenian people was 9 accomplished by the systematic destruction of Christian churches, schools, libraries, art treasures, and cultural monuments in an attempt to eliminate all traces of a noble Christian civilization with a history of more than 3,000 years; and
WHEREAS, United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, Sr., stated, “Whatever crimes the most perverted instincts of the human mind can devise, and whatever refinements of persecutions and injustice the most debased imagination can conceive, became the daily misfortunes of these devoted people;” and
WHEREAS, contemporary newspapers, including the New York Times, ran headlines including “Tales of Armenian Horrors Confirmed” and “Million Armenians Killed or in Exile;” and
WHEREAS, each year, Armenian Americans and Armenians throughout the world honor those who perished from 1915 to 1923, and 43 other states have passed resolutions and commemorations honoring the memory of Armenians who were victims of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and thereafter; and
WHEREAS, we must all do our best to raise awareness about the Armenian genocide, not only because it is an undeniable chapter of world history, but because learning more about this unconscionable tragedy will help us better understand the necessity of eliminating hatred from our own communities; and
WHEREAS, Floridians are strong in their belief that all people should condemn crimes committed against any culture or people in order to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and
WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans living in Florida have greatly enriched our state through leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts; and
NOW, THEREFORE, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: That we recognize April 24, 2013, as “Armenian Martyrs Remembrance Day” in Florida and commemorate the sacrifice of the Armenian martyrs from 1915 to 1923.