Prelate Delivers Invocation at California State Assembly Genocide Commemoration


On Monday, April 20, 2015 over 600 Armenian-Americans from across California, among them large numbers of youth and students from Prelacy Schools, gathered at the California State Capitol in Sacramento for the annual ANCA-WR Advocacy Day. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, participated in the day’s events and delivered the invocation at the California State Assembly session dedicated to the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. He was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Vahan Gosdanian.

The day began with a press conference at the California State Museum highlighting the exhibit on Armenians which runs until August.
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Among the items on display are religious and national relics on loan from our Prelacy. The Genocide commemorations in the State Legislature followed.

The Prelate delivered the invocation on the Assembly floor stating, “As our history continues to be denied and refuted by modern-day Turkey and its allies, we are grateful for friends and supporters such as those in the California State Legislature who designate this time each year to pay tribute to our martyrs and raise awareness of the truth of the Armenian Genocide and our just cause.” His Eminence offered a prayer for our martyrs and for all victims of genocide as well as for those subjected to similar atrocities today adding, “May there come a time when all the peoples of the world can live amongst one another in peace, as brothers and sisters of one and the same human family.” The Prelate beseeched the Lord for strength, perseverance, and patience as we continue our struggle for universal recognition and justice, concluding, “We owe it to our martyrs to keep their legacy alive and we owe it to all victims and survivors of genocide, so that history does not keep repeating itself.”

Both the Senate and Assembly on this occasion unanimously passed AJR 2 recognizing the Armenian Genocide and calling on President Obama to do the same. The day concluded with a reception and program on the Capitol Lawn hosted by members of the Armenian Caucus, Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk.

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