April 14th, 2015.
WHEREAS, The pages of Armenian history are filled with stories of people overcoming painful adversity and adhering to an inner strength and determination to preserve a culture rich in architecture, weaving, music, and dance; and
WHEREAS, For about 3,000 years the Armenian people made their home in the Caucasus region of Eurasia as an independent entity and continued to thrive when Armenia was absorbed by the Ottoman Empire during the 15th century; and
WHEREAS, The Ottoman Empire dissolved in the early 20th century and gave rise to a new Turkish government that began to remove the Armenian people from within the borders; and
WHEREAS, In 1915, the leaders of the new Turkish government ordered the arrest and execution of Armenian intellectuals, turned people out of their homes, and forced them on death marches across the Mesopotamian desert, in what would become known as the Armenian Genocide that ended the lives of over 1.5 million people; and
WHEREAS, In response to the genocide, at the behest of United States President Woodrow Wilson and the U.S. State Department, the Near East Relief organization was founded, and became the first congressionally sanctioned American philanthropic effort created exclusively to provide humanitarian assistance and rescue the Armenian nation and other Christian minorities from annihilation; and
WHEREAS, The Near East Relief organization, with the help of many states, provided $117 million of assistance between 1915 and 1930 and saved more than 1 million refugees, including 132,000 orphans, by delivering food, clothing, materials for shelter, and setting up refugee camps, clinics, hospitals, and orphanages; and
WHEREAS, The State of Nevada is home to a large Armenian-American population, who have enriched our State though their leadership and contributions in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts; and
WHEREAS, The Armenian people, in Nevada and elsewhere, remain resolved and their spirit
continues to thrive a century after their near annihilation; now, therefore, be it
PROCLAIMED, That the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and their descendants are
commended for their strength to overcome extreme adversity and prosper in our State; and be it further
PROCLAIMED, That April 24, 2015, is recognized as the day of “Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”
DATED this 14th day of April, 2015.