ANC of Albany to Sponsor Genocide Commemoration Events in Upstate NY

Armenian National Committee of Albany
7 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12205
[email protected]

April 7, 2004

Contact: Antranig Karageozian
[email protected]


ALBANY, NY–A series of events commemorating the 89th Anniversary of the
Armenian Genocide are being organized in Albany this year, reported the
Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Albany.

On Friday, April 23, 2004, at 6:30 pm, the ANC along with the Armenian
American community of upstate New York, will gather at Troy Monument Square
to remember the 1.5 million Armenians that were massacred in the Ottoman
Empire from 1915 to 1923.

Among those joining the community will be Harry Tutunjian, mayor of Troy,
New York, who will present a mayoral proclamation declaring April 24, 2004,
Armenian Martyrs Day. In addition, proclamations from the State of New York
and the cities of Albany and Watervliet will be presented in commemoration
of the Armenian Genocide.

Following the program at Troy Monument Square, there will be a memorial
dinner and slide show hosted by the Homenetmen Albany chapter and the ANC.
This event will take place at the John Sarkis Auditorium at Holy Cross
Armenian Apostolic Church on 101 Spring Avenue in Troy.

On Saturday, April 24, 2004, at 5 pm, the ANC of Albany will show
“Discovering my Father’s Village,” a documentary on the Armenian Genocide by
Apo Torossian at Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church. After the movie,
“Stepan and his band” will perform a concert of Armenian revolutionary songs
for the audience.

On Sunday April 25, 2004, there will be a Memorial Service in memory of the
victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The Service will be held at
Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church. Following church services, there will
be a presentation by the Albany Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Shoushi

“We truly believe that the series of events we have organized will further
the Armenian cause in upstate New York,” stated ANC of Albany co-chairman
Leo Ohanian. “These events are meant to remember our past and to better
enlighten individuals on an important aspect of Armenian History.”

All commemoration events are free and open to the public. Further
information can be obtained by contacting Antranig Karageozian at
[email protected]

The Armenian National Committee is the largest Armenian American grassroots
political organization in New York and nationwide. The ANC actively advances
a broad range of issues of concern to the Armenian American community.