HARTFORD - State Rep. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford, and members of Connecticut’s Armenian community will honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide during a ceremony on Saturday April 27 at the Connecticut State Capitol. The ceremony, which will begin at 11 a.m., will be held in the Hall of the House of Representatives and will commemorate the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
This year’s keynote speaker is Salpi Ghazarian, the director of the Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the founder of CivilNet on-line television in Armenia, and was the editor and publisher of Armenian International Magazine. She lived in Armenia for 15 years and served as Special Assistant to Armenia’s Foreign Minister.
The ceremony will also honor the memory of Dr. Nancy Adrian Humphreys, who died in February. Dr. Humphreys was the dean of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She was instrumental in establishing social work as a profession in Armenia, where she was also awarded an honorary doctorate at Yerevan State University for her contributions to the university and the Armenian people.
During the Genocide, over one-and-a-half million Armenians were killed by the Turkish government between the years of 1915 and 1923. Five hundred thousand others were driven from their homes into exile.
The event is open to the public.
-State Rep. Edwin Vargas