Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration

Date: 01 May 2011


Subject: Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration Sunday, May 1st, 2011 2:00pm \\\\\\\\\ April 27, 2011 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \\\\\\\ Annual Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration \\\\\\\\\\\\ Sunday, May 1st 2011, 2:00pm Times Square at 43rd St. and Broadway \\\\\\\\ Free Bus Transportation to and from Times Square at all New York and New Jersey Armenian Churches \\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\ On Sun., May 1, from 2-4 p.m., thousands of Armenians, Jews, and their supporters will gather in Times Square (43rd St. and Broadway) to commemorate the first genocide of the 20th century. \\\\\\\\ The theme of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration is “Turkey is Guilty of Genocide: Denying the Undeniable is a Crime,” and will pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire and to the 6 million Jews who were annihilated by the Nazis. Speakers will include civic, religious, humanitarian, educational, cultural leaders, and performing artists. This event is free and open to the public. \\\\\\\\ Commemoration participants will include Armenian Genocide survivors, elected officials, and humanitarian, cultural, religious, educational, and community leaders. Distinguished presenters include Richard G. Hovannisian, professor of Armenian and Near Eastern history and holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA; and Joan Rivitz, associate director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and commissioner and commission chair of the New Jersey Commission on Civil Rights. Other presenters will include Attorney Mark J. Geragos, who helped lead groundbreaking federal class action lawsuits against New York Life and other insurance companies for policies issued to Armenians living in Turkey prior to the Armenian Genocide; Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.); and New York City Comptroller John C Liu. \\\\\\\\\\\ The 96th commemoration is organized by the Mid-Atlantic chapters of Knights and Daughters of Vartan (www.knightsofvartan.org, www.knightsofvartan.ca), a U.S. fraternal organization of Armenian Americans, and is co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (www.agbu.org), Armenian Assembly of America (www.aaainc.org), Armenian National Committee of America (www.anca.org), Armenian Council of America, and ADL-Ramgavars. \\\\\\\\ Participating organizations include the Diocese of the Armenian Church, Prelacy of the Armenian Church, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Catholic Eparchy for U.S. and Canada, Mid-Atlantic ACYOA, AYF, Armenian Youth organizations, and Armenian university and college clubs. \\\\\\\\\\\ 000000000