April 24th of 1915 marked the beginning of a tragic time in the country of Armenia. Armenians were targeted for extinction by the Ottoman Turkish Empire.
One and a half million men, women, and children lost their lives and it is considered the first genocide of modern times.
Today people from all over gathered to remember that genocide which happened more than one hundred years ago.
Berj K. Apkarian with the Republic of Armenian in the Central Valley says the turn out today was amazing.
“To remember our martyrs,” says Apkarian. “One and a half innocent million Armenians who perished under the Ottoman Empire.”
At the ceremony held at City Hall the Armenian Flag was raised alongside the American Flag.
Mayor Lee Brand talked about this long standing tradition of commemorating the genocide. He says his goal is for Fresno is to never forget.
“As long as I am here as the mayor I will continue to advocate cause and continue to seek recognition of the genocide and and never ever forget,” says Brand.
At Fresno State another ceremony by the Armenian Student Organization was held at the genocide monument.
At this ceremony pictures were displayed to showcase what took place back in 1915.
Savina Dawood attending the ceremony at City Hall. She says it is important for everyone to never forget the genocide that took place.
“It is very important for us as survivors of this genocide to stand together united and speak together,” says Dawood.