Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

April 24th is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in the small central Asian country. The day commemorates the over 1.5 million Armenians that were persecuted and killed by the Turks for religious reasons around the beginning of the 20th century. The events of April 24th in which hundreds of prominent Armenians were systematically arrested and killed are considered to be the first genocide of the 20th century carried out by a country or state. The horrific events are remembered all over the country, and all over the world, although it’s in the country’s capital of Yerevan that a particularly poignant recognition takes place. On this day every year, thousands of people walk to lay flowers at the eternal flame housed in the city’s memorial complex. April 24th has also been recognized by the US House of Representatives as a day to remember man’s inhumanity to man.

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