State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol) is announcing the annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration is scheduled to be held at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Rep. Wright is Chairman of this year’s commemoration.
“The Connecticut General Assembly, in association with the Connecticut Armenian Community, invites everyone to join us in commemorating the 96th Anniversary of this horrific event,” Rep. Wright said. “Please join us in remembering this somber occasion and celebrating the triumph of those who survived.”
The first genocide of the twentieth century began on April 24, 1915 when the Turkish government began a campaign to annihilate its entire Armenian population. By 1923, over 1.5 million people had suffered and perished.
The keynote speaker is James Robert Russell, a scholar and professor in Ancient Near Eastern, Iranian and Armenian studies. He has published extensively in journals and has written several books. He is the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and sits on the Executive Committee of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
The events on Saturday, April 23, 2011, will begin with a flag raising ceremony outside the State Capitol at 11:00 am. At 11:30 am, the commemoration ceremony will be held in the House Chamber in the State Capitol building. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the Hall of the Flags, on the first floor of the State Capitol building.