Pennsylvania legislators have recognized the Armenian Genocide on the state level. Gubernatorial proclamations as well as state and local legislation are provided below since 1986.  If you know of other documents to be added to this list – old or new – please send a note to elizabeth@anca.org. We look forward to showcasing them.

Pennsylvania citizens also played an active role in assisting Armenian Genocide survivors through the Congressionally mandated Near East Foundation, during the years 1915 – 1930.  Learn more about their efforts below, through research prepared by the ANCA Western Region’s “America We Thank You” program.

And finally, review our snapshot of news coverage of the Armenian Genocide in Pennsylvania press, as we spotlight three articles, prepared as part of the ANCA’s “Genocide Diary” project.  Check back to the Genocide Diary’s Pennsylvania page for new articles added on a monthly basis.

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Proclamations

Governor Scranton Issues Proclamation

PROCLAMATION
ARMENIAN MARTYRS MEMORIAL DAY
APRIL 24, 1965

WHEREAS, For centuries the Armenian people, who in 301 A.D. became the first nation to adopt the Christian faith, have paid heavily in life and freedom for holding to that faith; and

WHEREAS, The fiercest blow fell during World War I, when more than 1 million Armenian men, women and children suffered martyrdom in refusing to give up their Christian faith and love of freedom; and

WHEREAS, The year 1965 marks the 50th Anniversary of these martyrdoms; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people since 301 A.D. have continued to bear strong witness to their faith, and to inspire people all around the world; and

WHEREAS, This anniversary year is a time for rededication to the principles, scholarship and service which has characterized Armenian history ever since that faith was adopted in 301 A.D.; and

WHEREAS, It is the American tradition to honor those to whom freedom of worship means more than life itself; and

WHEREAS, It is appropriate to recall the fruits of the American effort through the Near East Relief, which saved thousands of lives of a persecuted people;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, William W. Scranton, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 24, 1965, as ARMENIAN MARTYRS MEMORIAL DAY, and urge that the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, recall on that date, and throughout the year the martyrdom of those who gave up their livers for their faith and love of freedom, and to call to the attention of the World that genocide must never again be permitted.

WILLIAM W. SCRANTON
Governor

As Printed in the Armenian Weekly, April 22, 1965, page 5

PROCLAMATION ARMENIAN MARTYRS’ DAY
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
April 19th 1990

“I am confident that the whole history of the human race contains no such horrible episode as this. The great massacres and persecutions of the past seem almost insignificant when compared with the sufferings of the Armenian race in 1915.” These were the words of Henry Morgenthau, American Ambassador at Constantinople from 1913-1916, in referring to the systematic annihilation of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire in the first quarter of this century.

Seventy-five years ago, on the night of April 23-24, 1915, Armenian political, religious, education and intellectual leaders in Constantinople were arrested, deported in to Anatolia, and put to death. Mass deportations followed. Ambassador Morgenthau states that these deportations were tantamount to a “death warrant to a whole race.”

Armenians were driven out, not only from the war zones, but across the Empire and sent to the deserts of Syria and Mesopotamia.

Armenians serving in the Ottoman armies, already segregated into unarmed labor battalions, were systematically executed. The Armenian women and children were then driven for months over treacherous terrain.

All told, more than half of the Armenian population of the Empire perished in this, the first genocide of the 20th century, while the rest were forcibly driven from their ancestral homeland.

On this 75th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we all join with the Armenian people in mourning this crime against humanity. We must never let our children and grandchildren forget such a great human tragedy and must educate them to ensure that future genocides will never against befall any people anywhere.

Therefore, I Robert P. Casey, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 24, 1990, as ARMENIAN MARTYRS’ DAY in Pennsylvania. I urge all Pennsylvanians to reflect upon the tragedies which nations and governments have wrought upon each other, and to be united in a new resolve to ensure that our future will be peaceful and harmonious.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and fourteenth.

(SIGNED)

Robert P. Casey Governor

PROCLAMATION
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor’s Office
April 24, 2002

WHEREAS, We shall forever remember the tragic genocide of over a million and a half Armenians at the hands of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire and strive to discover a world in which these atrocities stand as a solitary and isolated memory; and

WHEREAS, the importance of this anniversary lies in the ideals we seek to extol through our dedicated and vigorous examination of the violence and hatred millions of people experienced at the turn of the century; and

WHEREAS, the memories and images of this tragedy confer upon us a human responsibility, a duty that asks that we endeavor to transcend depravity and work to uphold the precepts of goodness, freedom and human dignity; and

WHEREAS, we shall commit ourselves to never overlooking, neglecting or forgetting this time of human cruelty and systematic tyranny; and

WHEREAS, we remember those who died for their beliefs and principles as a result of the Turkish persecution; and

WHEREAS, it is the efforts of people, working in unison for a noble purpose, to recognize and address human indignities, that demonstrates to the citizens of our Commonwealth and far beyond, that a brilliant future lies ahead for our communities, our Commonwealth, our nation and our world.

THEREFORE, In observance of this historic event, I, Mark S. Schweiker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2002, as ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY, and encourage all citizens to study, remember and discuss this history.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this eleventh day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand and two and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and twenty-sixth.

MARKS. SCHWEIKER

Governor

PROCLAMATION

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

April  24, 2002

WHEREAS, We shall forever remember the tragic genocide of over a million and a half Armenians at the hands of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire and strive to discover a world in which these atrocities stand as a solitary and isolated memory; and

WHEREAS, the importance of this anniversary lies in the ideals we seek to extol through our dedicated and vigorous examination of the violence and hatred millions of people experienced at the turn of the century; and

WHEREAS, the memories and images of this tragedy confer upon  us a human responsibility, a duty that asks that we endeavor to transcend depravity and work  to uphold  the precepts  of goodness, freedom  and  human dignity; and

WHEREAS, we shall commit ourselves to never overlooking, neglecting or forgetting   this time of human cruelty and systematic  tyranny;  and

WHEREAS, we remember those who died for their beliefs and principles as a result of  the  Turkish persecution; and

WHEREAS, it is the efforts of people, working in unison for a noble purpose, to recognize and address human indignities, that demonstrates to the citizens of our Commonwealth and far beyond, that a brilliant future lies ahead for our communities, our Commonwealth, our nation and our world.

THEREFORE, In observance of this historic event, I, Mark S. Schweiker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2002, as ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY, and encourage all citizens to study, remember and discuss this history.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this eleventh day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand and two and of the Commonwealth the two hundred  and twenty-sixth.

MARK S. SCHWEIKER

Governor

State Senate Resolutions

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA SENATE RESOLUTION No 89 Session of 2015
PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 21, 2015

Designating April 24, 2015, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern, which is translated as “Great Crime,” was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey; and

WHEREAS, The starting date of the genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople; and

WHEREAS, The genocide was carried out between 1915 and 1923 in two phases resulting in an estimated 1.5 million victims; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of the Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate designate April 24, 2015, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 20 1915-1923.”

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA SENATE RESOLUTION No. 366 SESSION OF 2015
PENNSYLVANIA
MAY 16, 2016

Designating April 24, 2016, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian  Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern, which is translated as “Great Crime,” was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey; and

WHEREAS, The starting date of the genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople; and

WHEREAS, The genocide was carried out between 1915 and 1923 in two phases resulting in an estimated 1.5 million victims; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of the Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate designate April 24, 2016, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA SENATE RESOLUTION No. 86 Session of 2017
PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 24, 2017

Designating April 24, 2017, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, The Armenian Genocide was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey; and

WHEREAS, The genocide is also known as the Armenian Holocaust and the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern, which is translated as “Great Crime”; and

WHEREAS, The genocide is considered to have begun on April 24, 1915, the date that Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested several hundred Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople; and

WHEREAS, The genocide was carried out between 1915 and 1923 in two phases resulting in an estimated 1.5 million victims; and

WHEREAS, The genocide of the Armenian people has been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate designate April 24, 2017, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of
1915-1923.”

Pennsylvania House

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 272 Session of 1986
PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 14, 1986

INTRODUCED BY LINTON, FREEMAN, McHALE, AFFLERBACH, JOSEPHS, COHEN, FATTAH AND KOSINSKI, APRIL 9, 1986

Proclaiming April 24, 1986, as “Armenian Martyrs’ Day” and the week of April 20 through 26, 1986, as “Armenian Martyrs’ Week” throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity; and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, From the period 1915 to 1918, some 1,500,000Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precedent to the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy the highest executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed for over 70 years as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles as a result of Turkish persecution; therefore be it

WHEREAS, That the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania proclaim April 24, 1986, as “Armenian Martyrs’ Day” and the week of April 20 through 26, 1986, as “Armenian Martyrs’ Week” throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of Philadelphia,

Joseph Frounjian.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 301 Session of 1994 INTRODUCED BY PERZEL
PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 13, 1994

AS AMENDED, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, APRIL 18, 1994

A RESOLUTION Proclaiming April 24, 1994, as a commemorative day for the victims of the Armenian genocide.

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity; and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, From the period 1915 to 1918 DURING WORLD WAR I, some 1,500,000 Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precedent to the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy the highest executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed for over 70 years as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles as a result of Turkish persecution; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April 24, 1994, as a commemorative day to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. Session of 1995
PENNSYLVANIA
April 24, 1995

INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, HERSHEY, CORRIGAN, BUNT, FICHTER, HERMAN, CLARK, GIGLIOTTI, GEIST, PESCI, MARKOSEK, CURRY, LUCYK, STABACK, ROBERTS, HUTCHINSON, TRUE, SATHER, McGEEHAN, ROONEY, LEH, COLAFELLA, COLAIZZO, HALUSKA, HESS, CAPPABIANCA, MILLER, TRELLO, PETTIT, RUBLEY, E. Z. TAYLOR, FAJT, STEIL, JOSEPHS, PITTS, LEDERER, L. I. COHEN, BELARDI, DENT, LESCOVITZ, D. R. WRIGHT, TIGUE, DeLUCA, HENNESSEY, TANGRETTI, SMITH, BEBKO-JONES, BAKER, WOGAN, YOUNGBLOOD AND CIVERA, APRIL 10, 1995. INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, APRIL 10, 1995

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity; and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, During World War I, some 1,500,000 Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precedent to the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy the highest executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed for over 70 years as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April 24, 1995, as a commemorative day to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

Proclaiming April 24, 1995, as a commemorative day for the victims of the Armenian genocide.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 325 Session of 1996
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 26, 1996

INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, McGEEHAN, MARKOSEK, NAILOR, THOMAS, CAPPABIANCA, CALTAGIRONE, DEMPSEY, COY, GODSHALL, LYNCH, GIGLIOTTI, DONATUCCI, PESCI, KAISER, SANTONI, MASLAND, SHANER, BAKER, FAIRCHILD, ROBERTS, PETTIT, READSHAW, DENT, GEIST, LEH, BROWN, WALKO, McCALL, BEBKO-JONES, WOGAN, MELIO, LEDERER, E. Z. TAYLOR, RUBLEY, CLARK, SATHER, HERSHEY, SCHRODER, CORRIGAN, LUCYK AND ROBINSON, MARCH 26, 1996

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, MARCH 26, 1996

A RESOLUTION Proclaiming April 24, 1996, as a commemorative day for the victims of the Armenian genocide.

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity;and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, During World War I, some 1,500,000 Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precedent to the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy the highest executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed for over 70 years as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles; therefore be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April 24, 1996, as a commemorative day to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 110 Session 1997
PENNSYLVANIA
April 24, 1997

INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, GIGLIOTTI, SAINATO, McCALL, KENNEY, YOUNGBLOOD, PISTELLA, LEH, STEELMAN, CURRY, MANDERINO, CIVERA, LUCYK, C. WILLIAMS, BOSCOLA, L. I. COHEN, McGILL, McNAUGHTON, BENNINGHOFF, RAMOS, CALTAGIRONE, FARGO, CAPPABIANCA, MARKOSEK, B. SMITH, BELARDI, BEBKO-JONES, PESCI, SATHER, ARMSTRONG, ITKIN, GEIST, BAKER, MILLER, HALUSKA, LESCOVITZ, BROWN, LYNCH, WALKO, JAROLIN, FAIRCHILD, HERMAN, DENT, READSHAW, GODSHALL, HORSEY, SHANER, WOJNAROSKI, DiGIROLAMO, DONATUCCI, ROONEY, BROWNE, RUBLEY, BARRAR, JOSEPHS, WOGAN, CLYMER, ADOLPH, LEDERER, STABACK, TRUE, DeLUCA, MELIO, CORRIGAN, HERSHEY, M. COHEN, TIGUE, HENNESSEY, TRAVAGLIO, SCHRODER, E. Z. TAYLOR, TANGRETTI, McGEEHAN AND OLASZ, APRIL 3, 1997

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, APRIL 3, 1997

A RESOLUTION Proclaiming April 24, 1997, as a commemorative day for the victims of the Armenian genocide.

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity; and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, During World War I, some 1,500,000 Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precedent to the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy the highest executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed for over 70 years as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles; therefore be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April 24, 1997, as a commemorative day to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 11, 1998

INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, MARKOSEK, MUNDY, OLASZ, READSHAW, HERMAN, DALEY, MARSICO, BELARDI, PIPPY, NAILOR, GEORGE, CALTAGIRONE, DeWEESE, ORIE, PISTELLA, LYNCH, MASLAND, KENNEY, HENNESSEY, SCHRODER, CORRIGAN, CAPPABIANCA, JOSEPHS, TRELLO, HERSHEY, HARHAI, BOSCOLA, McNAUGHTON, GODSHALL, DeLUCA, WOJNAROSKI, BELFANTI, SURRA, ITKIN, WOGAN, CLYMER, TIGUE, COY, RUBLEY, GEIST, LESCOVITZ, HALUSKA, DENT, SHANER, RAMOS, BROWNE, LEH, McCALL, E. Z. TAYLOR, PESCI, CLARK, ROONEY, GANNON, ROSS, SAYLOR, BEBKO-JONES, C. WILLIAMS, FAIRCHILD, WALKO, MANDERINO, KIRKLAND, L. I. COHEN, ROBERTS, SEYFERT, TANGRETTI, TRUE, BAKER, B. SMITH, DONATUCCI, GIGLIOTTI, CIVERA, ADOLPH, ROBINSON, CURRY, MELIO AND COLAFELLA,

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, MARCH 11, 1998

A RESOLUTION Proclaiming April 24, 1998, as a commemorative day for the victims of the Armenian genocide.

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity; and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, During World War I, some 1,500,000 Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precedent to the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy the highest executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed for over 70 years as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April 24, 1998, as a commemorative day to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA No. 94 Session of 1999 HOUSE RESOLUTION
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 24, 1999

INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, DONATUCCI, GEORGE, PIPPY, BELARDI, CORRIGAN, THOMAS, ORIE, CALTAGIRONE, GANNON, WOGAN, ROBINSON, MILLER, MASLAND, CAPPABIANCA, HUTCHINSON, FICHTER, MUNDY, PRESTON, PETRONE, TRELLO, TANGRETTI, BEBKO-JONES, Z. TAYLOR, MANDERINO, CLYMER, WALKO, BELFANTI, MELIO, KIRKLAND, CLARK, BROWNE, B. SMITH, L. I. COHEN, GIGLIOTTI, LESCOVITZ, RAMOS, ROSS, McNAUGHTON, SAINATO, ARGALL, DeLUCA, LEH, SATHER, CURRY, HARHART, HARHAI, CIVERA, HORSEY, YOUNGBLOOD, MARSICO, FREEMAN, McCALL, BARD, SHANER, JOSEPHS, RUBLEY, HESS, DALEY, TIGUE, GEIST, SEYFERT, MARKOSEK, READSHAW, SANTONI, LEDERER, ROONEY, DAILEY AND FAIRCHILD

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, MARCH 24, 1999

A RESOLUTION Proclaiming April 24, 1999, as a commemorative day for the victims of the Armenian genocide.

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity; and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, During World War I, some 1,500,000 Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precedent to the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy the highest executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed for over 70 years as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles; therefore be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April 24, 1999, as a commemorative day to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 427  Session of 2000
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 27, 2000

INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, WOJNAROSKI, CAPPABIANCA, ROSS, SHANER, SANTONI, GIGLIOTTI, SOLOBAY, GEORGE, COY, LEDERER, SCHULER, HERMAN, ROBERTS, RUBLEY, ARMSTRONG, CLARK, PETRONE, SATHER, WALKO, READSHAW, HESS, DeWEESE, HARHAI, FAIRCHILD, JOSEPHS, TIGUE, MELIO, PESCI, HERSHEY, ROBINSON, BARRAR, FORCIER, BEBKO-JONES, GRUCELA, E. Z. TAYLOR, CORRIGAN, HUTCHINSON, STEELMAN, MARSICO, STABACK, DALEY, COSTA, CLYMER, LEH, BELFANTI, MANDERINO, RAMOS, BELARDI, BAKER, TANGRETTI, LESCOVITZ, B. SMITH, TULLI, MICOZZIE, TRUE, M. COHEN, BROWNE, EACHUS, TRELLO AND GEIST, MARCH 27, 2000

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON RULES, MARCH 27, 2000

A RESOLUTION Proclaiming April 24, 2000, as a commemorative day for the victims of the Armenian genocide.

WHEREAS, The Armenians are an ancient people, having settled in the vicinity of Mount Ararat in the seventh century B.C., and have long been fervent believers in Christianity. That religion became the state religion of Armenia in the fourth century A.D., making Armenia one of the first nations to accept Christianity; and

WHEREAS, Through the actions of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in the fourth century A.D. and continues to exist to this present day, along with various other Christian communions to be found among Armenians in the United States, in Armenia, and elsewhere throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Armenians have always believed in the principles of freedom of conscience and worship and hold these principles sacred to this very day; and

WHEREAS, During World War I, some 1,500,000 Armenians were massacred as a result of actions of the Ottoman Empire. Many others were forced to flee from Armenia; and

WHEREAS, These tragic events constitute the first instance of genocide in the 20th century, serving as a precursor of the Holocaust occurring prior to and during World War II and as a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man; and

WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans have contributed greatly to the progress of America by their activities in the arts, business, the learned professions, academia, philanthropy, and also in government, wherein Armenian-Americans occupy high executive offices; and

WHEREAS, April 24 has been observed traditionally as Armenian Martyrs’ Day, to honor the memory of those who died for their beliefs and principles; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April 24, 2000, as a commemorative day to honor the victims of the Armenian genocide.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 112 Session of 2001
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 21, 2001

INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, PERZEL, ARMSTRONG, M. BAKER, BEBKO- JONES, BELARDI, BELFANTI, CALTAGIRONE, CAPPABIANCA, CAPPELLI, CAWLEY, CLARK, CLYMER, L. I. COHEN, M. COHEN, COLAFELLA, CORRIGAN, COSTA, COY, CURRY, DALEY, DALLY, DeLUCA, DeWEESE,EVANS, FAIRCHILD, FORCIER, FREEMAN, GEIST, HARHAI, HARHART, HENNESSEY, HERMAN, HERSHEY, HESS, HUTCHINSON, JOSEPHS, KAISER, LEH, MANDERINO, MARKOSEK, MARSICO, McNAUGHTON, MELIO, METCALFE, J. EVANS, MUNDY, ORIE, PETRONE, PISTELLA, PRESTON, READSHAW, ROBERTS, ROBINSON, ROSS, RUBLEY, SATHER, SAYLOR, SCHULER, SHANER, B. SMITH, SOLOBAY, STABACK, STEELMAN, E. Z. TAYLOR, THOMAS, TIGUE, TRELLO, WALKO, WATSON,WILLIAMS, WOGAN, WOJNAROSKI, YOUNGBLOOD, SAINATO AND FRANKEL, MARCH 21, 2001

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON RULES, MARCH 21, 2001

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2001, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.

WHEREAS, One and one-half million men, women and children of Armenian descent were victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of the Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, Revisionists still inexplicably deny the existence of these horrific events; and

WHEREAS, Modern Turkey continues to deny and distort the facts of the Armenian genocide and honors the perpetrators of that crime against humanity as national heroes; and

WHEREAS, Before the implementation of the Holocaust of European Jews, in order to encourage his followers, Adolf Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?”; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 86th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED (the Senate concurring), That the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designate April 24, 2001, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923″; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit copies of this resolution to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation and to the Armenian National Committee of Pennsylvania.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 593 Session of 2004
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 15, 2004

INTRODUCED BY LEACH, BARRAR, BEBKO-JONES, BELARDI, BELFANTI, BENNINGHOFF, CORRIGAN, CRUZ, CURRY, DALEY, DENLINGER, DeWEESE, DiGIROLAMO, FABRIZIO, FICHTER, FORCIER, FRANKEL, GABIG, GEIST, GEORGE, GERGELY, GINGRICH, GOODMAN, HARHAI, HARPER, HERMAN, HERSHEY, HESS, HUTCHINSON, KELLER, LAUGHLIN, LEDERER, LESCOVITZ, MANDERINO, MANN, MARKOSEK, McGEEHAN,MILLER, MUSTIO, PALLONE, PISTELLA, READSHAW, REICHLEY, ROSS, RUBLEY, SAINATO, SANTONI, TRUE, SCAVELLO, TANGRETTI,Z. TAYLOR, THOMAS, TIGUE, WALKO, WOJNAROSKI AND WHEATLEY, MARCH 15, 2004

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, MARCH 15, 2004

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2004, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, One and one-half million men, women and children of Armenian descent were victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of the Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, Revisionists still inexplicably deny the existence of these horrific events; and

WHEREAS, Modern Turkey continues to deny and distort the facts of the Armenian genocide and honors the perpetrators of that crime against humanity as national heroes; and

WHEREAS, Before the implementation of the Holocaust of European Jews, in order to encourage his followers, Adolf Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?”; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 89th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED (the Senate concurring), That the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designate April 24, 2004, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923“; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit copies of this resolution to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation and to the Armenian National Committee of Pennsylvania.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 172 Session of 2005
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 29, 2005

INTRODUCED BY LEACH, BALDWIN, BEBKO-JONES, BELARDI, BISHOP, CALTAGIRONE, CAPPELLI, CAWLEY, CLYMER, CORRIGAN, CRAHALLA, CREIGHTON, CRUZ, CURRY, DeWEESE, FAIRCHILD, FORCIER, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, GABIG, GEIST, GEORGE, GINGRICH, GOOD, GOODMAN, GRUCELA, HARHAI, HARPER, HENNESSEY, HERSHEY, HESS, JAMES, JOSEPHS, W. KELLER, LEDERER, LEH, MANDERINO, MANN, MARKOSEK, McGEEHAN, PALLONE, PHILLIPS, PISTELLA, QUIGLEY, READSHAW, ROBERTS, ROSS, RUBLEY, SAINATO, SCHRODER, SHANER, SHAPIRO,SMITH, E. Z. TAYLOR, TIGUE, TRUE, WALKO, WANSACZ, WOJNAROSKI, YOUNGBLOOD AND FABRIZIO, MARCH 29, 2005

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, MARCH 29, 2005

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2005, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, One and one-half million men, women and children of Armenian descent were victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of the Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, Revisionists still inexplicably deny the existence of these horrific events; and

WHEREAS, Modern Turkey continues to deny and distort the facts of the Armenian genocide and honors the perpetrators of that crime against humanity as national heroes; and

WHEREAS, Before the implementation of the Holocaust of European Jews, in order to encourage his followers, Adolf Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?”; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 89th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED (the Senate concurring), That the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designate April 24, 2005, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923“; and be it further

RESOLVED That the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit copies of this resolution to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation and to the Armenian National Committee of Pennsylvania.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 691 Session of 2006
PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 5, 2006

INTRODUCED BY LEACH, BARRAR, BEBKO-JONES, BELFANTI, BEYER, BISHOP, BUNT, CAPPELLI, CLYMER, CORRIGAN, CREIGHTON, CRUZ, DENLINGER, DeWEESE, FABRIZIO, FORCIER, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, GABIG, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GOODMAN, HARHART, CRAHALLA, HARPER, HERSHEY, JAMES, JOSEPHS, KENNEY, KOTIK, LEDERER, LEH, MAHER, MANN, MARKOSEK, MUNDY, PALLONE, PISTELLA, READSHAW, ROSS, RUBLEY, SAINATO, SANTONI, SHAPIRO, SIPTROTH, B. SMITH, THOMAS, TIGUE, TRUE, WALKO, WOJNAROSKI, CALTAGIRONE AND BALDWIN, APRIL 5, 2006

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, APRIL 5, 2006

A RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2006, as “Pennsylvania’s Day ofRemembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.

WHEREAS, One and one-half million men, women and children of Armenian descent were victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of the Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, Revisionists still inexplicably deny the existence of these horrific events; and

WHEREAS, Modern Turkey continues to deny and distort the facts of the Armenian genocide and honors the perpetrators of that crime against humanity as national heroes; and

WHEREAS, Before the implementation of the Holocaust of European Jews, in order to encourage his followers, Adolf Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?”; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED That the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designate April 24, 2006, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and be it further

RESOLVED That the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit copies of this resolution to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation and to the Armenian National Committee of Pennsylvania.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 25 Session of 2007
PENNSYLVANIA
JANUARY 30, 2007

INTRODUCED BY LEACH, ARGALL, BARRAR, BELFANTI, BEYER, BIANCUCCI, BISHOP, CALTAGIRONE, CAPPELLI, CLYMER, COHEN, CURRY, DALEY,EVANS, FABRIZIO, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, GABIG, GALLOWAY, GEIST, GEORGE, GOODMAN, GRUCELA, HARPER, HENNESSEY, HERSHEY, HUTCHINSON, JOSEPHS, KULA, LONGIETTI, MANDERINO, MANN, MANTZ, MARKOSEK, McGEEHAN, McILHATTAN, MELIO, MUNDY, MUSTIO,O’BRIEN, PALLONE, PHILLIPS, PRESTON, QUIGLEY, RAMALEY, RAPP, READSHAW, REICHLEY, ROSS, SAINATO, SANTONI, SCAVELLO, SCHRODER, STERN, SWANGER, TRUE, VULAKOVICH, WALKO, WHEATLEY, WOJNAROSKI, SIPTROTH, GINGRICH, GERGELY AND JAMES,

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, JANUARY 30, 2007

A RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2007, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, One and one-half million men, women and children of Armenian descent were victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of the Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization more than 3,000 years old; and

WHEREAS, Revisionists still inexplicably deny the existence of these horrific events; and

WHEREAS, Modern Turkey continues to deny and distort the facts of the Armenian genocide and honors the perpetrators of that crime against humanity as national heroes; and

WHEREAS, Before the implementation of the Holocaust of European Jews, in order to encourage his followers, Adolf Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?”; and

WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, Pennsylvanians affirm the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and

WHEREAS, Recognition of the 92nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide and education about past horrors is crucial to ensuring against future genocide; and

WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans living in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED That the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designate April 24, 2007, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923“; and be it further

RESOLVED That the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit copies of this resolution to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation and to the Armenian National Committee of Pennsylvania.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 265 Session of 2015
PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 20, 2015

INTRODUCED BY MURT, BARRAR, CALTAGIRONE, COHEN, DONATUCCI, FARINA, FREEMAN, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GOODMAN, HENNESSEY, KINSEY, KIRKLAND, MAHONEY, MAJOR, McNEILL, MILLARD, READSHAW, SCHWEYER, THOMAS, WATSON, WHEELAND, YOUNGBLOOD AND D. COSTA, APRIL 20, 2015

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, APRIL 20, 2015

A RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2015, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.“; and

WHEREAS, Between 1915 and 1923, the Turkish Ottoman Empire perpetrated genocide on 1.5 million men, women and children of Armenian descent; and

WHEREAS, The massacre of the Armenian people attempted to eliminate all traces of the 3,000-year-old Armenian culture and constituted a crime against humanity; and

WHEREAS, In order to encourage his followers, Adolph Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?” prior to his initiation of the Holocaust of European Jews; and

WHEREAS, By remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, the Commonwealth affirms the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, Recognition and public awareness of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide is necessary to ensure that similar acts do not occur in the future; and

WHEREAS, Armenia became a free and democratic republic after nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet rule; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans residing in Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth as leaders in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED That the House of Representatives designate April 24, 2015, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and be it further

RESOLVED That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Armenian National Committee of America

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 778 Session of 2015
PENNSYLVANIA
APRIL 6, 2016

INTRODUCED BY MURT, ACOSTA, BAKER, BARRAR, BRADFORD, CALTAGIRONE, COHEN, D. COSTA, DUSH, GINGRICH, HEFFLEY, HENNESSEY, KAVULICH, KILLION, KIRKLAND, MAHONEY, MARSICO, MILLARD, NEILSON, RAPP, READSHAW, ROSS, ROTHMAN, SONNEY, THOMAS, TOOHIL, VEREB, VITALI, WATSON, WHEELAND AND YOUNGBLOOD, APRIL 6, 2016

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, APRIL 6, 2016

A RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2016, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, Between 1915 and 1923, the Turkish Ottoman Empire perpetrated genocide on 1.5 million men, women and children of Armenian descent; and

WHEREAS, The massacre of the Armenian people attempted to eliminate all traces of the 3,000-year-old Armenian culture and constituted a crime against humanity; and

WHEREAS, In order to encourage his followers, Adolph Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?” prior to his initiation of the Holocaust of European Jews; and

WHEREAS, By remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania affirms the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, Recognition and public awareness of the Armenian genocide is necessary to ensure that similar acts do not occur in the future; and

WHEREAS, Armenia became a free and democratic republic after nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet rule; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans residing in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth as leaders in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED That the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designate April 24, 2016, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923“; and be it further

RESOLVED That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Armenian National Committee of America, 1711 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 191 Session of 2017
PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 28, 2017

INTRODUCED BY MURT, BIZZARRO, V. BROWN, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, DiGIROLAMO, DRISCOLL, DUSH, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, GILLEN, HEFFLEY, HENNESSEY, KINSEY, MARSICO, NEILSON, PASHINSKI, READSHAW, ROTHMAN, SONNEY, VITALI AND WATSON, MARCH 28, 2017

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
MARCH 28, 2017

A RESOLUTION Designating April 24, 2017, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

WHEREAS, Between 1915 and 1923, the Turkish Ottoman Empire perpetrated genocide on 1.5 million men, women and children of Armenian descent; and

WHEREAS, The massacre of the Armenian people attempted to eliminate all traces of the 3,000-year-old Armenian culture and constituted a crime against humanity; and

WHEREAS, In order to encourage his followers, Adolph Hitler asked, “Who remembers the Armenians?” prior to his initiation of the Holocaust of European Jews; and

WHEREAS, By remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania affirms the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

WHEREAS, Recognition and public awareness of the Armenian genocide is necessary to ensure that similar acts do not occur in the future; and

WHEREAS, Armenia became a free and democratic republic after nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet rule; and

WHEREAS, Armenian Americans residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have greatly enriched this Commonwealth as leaders in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; therefore be it

RESOLVED That the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designate April 24, 2017, as “Pennsylvania’s Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and be it further

RESOLVED That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Armenian National Committee of America, 1711 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Pennsylvania’s Support for Survivors of the Armenian Genocide

Pennsylvania was a staunch supporter of Near East Relief (NER), the American-led campaign that quickly sparked an international response with its unprecedented humanitarian endeavor, mobilizing all segments of American citizenry including elected officials, celebrities and laypersons alike, to help rescue victims of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey from 1915-1930.

Pennsylvania’s NER activities were facilitated through its NER state headquarters located at N. E. Cor. Broad & Locust Streets in Philadelphia. An additional local office for Pittsburgh’s efforts was designated in the city’s Renshaw Building.

29,176 Armenian orphans were rescued and rehabilitated through the generous sponsorship of Pennsylvania’s citizens. The state’s churches, Sunday schools, women’s leagues, fraternal organizations as well as pupils of its public and private schools all contributed to this magnanimous effort of supporting Armenian children orphaned as a result of the Armenian Genocide.

Read the complete fact sheet prepared by America We Thank You.

The Armenian Genocide in Pennsylvania Press