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Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee, Fresno – is promoting numerous events and throughout the month of April!  Special thanks to all the newspapers for their articles from last year’s centennial year.

JANIGIAN HEADLINES FRESNO COMMEMORATION
The evils of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Young Turks are not confined to the period 1915–1923 but have remained firmly imprinted in the history of the current Republic of Turkey, as attorney Bruce Janigian, keynote speaker for Fresno’s Armenian Genocide Commemoration, explained to an audience of more than 1200 people at St. Paul Armenian Church. READ MORE

AGC monumentCENTRAL VALLEY UNVEILS GENOCIDE MONUMENT AT FRESNO STATE
With the tricolors red, blue, and orange illuminating its pillars against the evening sky, Fresno’s Genocide Centennial Monument was christened before a crowd of more than 4,000 people at Fresno State’s Maple Mall… READ MORE

COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR FLAG RAISING AT FRESNO CITY HALL
Again this April 24th the Armenian National Committee of America Central California with the support of the City of Fresno raised both the United States and Armenian flags in front of City Hall to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. READ MORE

Armenia StreetARMENIA STREET UNVEILED IN DOWNTOWN FRESNO
Santa Clara Street between O Street and Van Ness Avenue was declared Armenia Street in a ceremony on Thursday afternoon. Mayor Ashley Swearengin was among those at the ceremony outside Holy Trinity Church. VIEW ABC CHANNEL 30 REPORT

FRESNO ARMENIANS CALL PRESIDENT’S DECISION NOT TO SAY ‘GENOCIDE’ LAUGHABLE
This week the White House announced President Obama will not call the massacre of Armenians one hundred years ago a genocide.  It’s a decision not taken lightly by many Valley Armenians.  CLICK TO VIEW ABC CHANNEL 30 REPORT

Closed on April 24thFRESNO BUSINESSES  CLOSE APRIL 24TH IN REMEMBRANCE OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Dozens of Fresno businesses will be closed Friday in remembrance of the Armenian genocide.  It all started with Town & Country Cleaners in northwest Fresno, owned by Maral Manoukian and her brothers.  In early February, the family put signs …. READ MORE

 In this Sunday, April 12, 2015 pool photo Pope Francis, center, flanked by the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II, right, and Catholicos Aram I, left.

Pope Francis, center, head of Armenia’s Orthodox Church Karekin II, right, and Catholicos Aram I, left.

FRESNO ARMENIAN LEADERS PRAISE POPE FRANCIS’ ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GENOCIDE.
Pope Francis’ remarks urging the world to recognize the slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks a century ago as “the first genocide of the 20th century” drew unanimous praise Sunday from several prominent leaders of Fresno’s Armenian community. READ MORE

BILLBOARDS PLACED THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL VALLEY AND COAST
centennial-bilboards-fresnoFresno—Roadside billboards commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will soon be seen throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast. The large posters recognize the victims of all genocides and specifically honor the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians murdered at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government during the period of 1915-1923 – READ MORE. Full list of locations – CLICK HERE.

GENOCIDE MEMORIAL BREAKS GROUND AT FRESNO STATE
Archbishops blessing soilFresno— Central Valley Armenians broke ground on a widely anticipated Armenian Genocide Centennial Monument dedicated to the 1.5 million Armenian martyrs who perished at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government during the period 1915–1923. Hundreds of community members gathered on Sunday, November 2, at Fresno State’s Maple Mall, where the memorial will be completed in time for its dedication on April 24, 2015.  READ MORE.

VARTANANTZ COMMEMORATION MARKED BY VALLEY ARMENIANS
1,564 years ago, in 451 AD, the Armenians, under the leadership of General Vartan Mamigonian, fought for their religious and political freedom from the neighboring Sassanid Persians. READ MORE

AUTHOR MATTHEW KARANIAN PRESENTS NEW BOOK ON HISTORIC ARMENIA AFTER 100 YEARS
Sometimes it takes an accident to produce the most beautiful of works. Attorney Matthew Karanian, author of the new illustrated book, Historic Armenia After 100 Years, admitted that… READ MORE

ARMENIAN STUDIES VISITING PROFESSOR OFFERS COURSE ON GENOCIDE IN FILM
he Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State is fortunate to have visiting scholars to teach in their area of expertise. This year’s Kazan Visiting Professor, Dr. Myrna Douzjian, is teaching… READ MORE

DR. TACHJIAN-DIRECTOR OF HOUSHAMADYAN PROJECT FOCUSES ON ARMENIANS OF THE REGION OF KHARPERT
It has been difficult for historians to reconstruct the daily lives of Armenians prior to the Genocide. Those who lived before 1915 could not conceive that their entire way of life… READ MORE

FRESNO ART MUSEUM SHOW MARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF GENOCIDE
An exhibit featuring artwork by Armenian artists to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be on display in four galleries at Fresno Art Museum. The show — “1915-2015: Tradition, Legacy, Culture” — opens Friday, Jan. 23, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and continues through April 26. READ MORE

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Berj Apkarian – Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia, Fresno

HONORARY CONSUL BERJ APKARIAN TALKS ABOUT CENTENNIAL AND VISION
Berj Apkarian made history last October, becoming the country’s first Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia.  READ MORE.

KHACHATURIAN TRIO PERFORMS IN SPECIAL KEYBOARD CONCERT
The vibrant, emotionally rich cascades of Armenian influenced melodies filled the Fresno State Concert Hall on the evening of November 14, 2014, as the Khachaturian Trio of Armenia performed for a sold-out audience of more than 300.  READ MORE

GRANDMA’S TATTOOS SCREENED AT CINECULTURE
“The crime was on their faces, every day, and you could see it,” stated film director Suzanne Khardalian. Her grandmother Khanoum was among the countless Armenian girls who, during the Genocide, were kidnapped and forcibly tattooed, with permanent marks on their young faces and hands.  READ MORE

ARMENIAN WOMEN OF THE GENOCIDE
Men. Men write history, men fight in history, men make history. The role of women is relatively less mentioned. However on Sunday, October 19, 2014, the Ararat Foundation organized an event, “The Armenian Genocide and Armenian Women of 1915,” dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial, and shedding light on the many who may have been forgotten and overlooked. READ MORE