Armenians throughout the world are today marking the 102 anniversary of the atrocities committed in Anatolia in 1915, characterised as the Armenian Genocide
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan led the nation's tribute at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan The President laid a wreath at the monument.
He was accompanied by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, National Assembly President Galust Sahakyan, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, Constitutional Court President Gagik Harutyunyan, and other members of the government.
Earlier in a message for the occassion, the Armenian president said,
"April 24th of 1915 divided the millennia-long Armenia history in two: before and after that tragic date. The wreckage of the Western Armenians, who had survived miraculously, spread all over the world and became the Spyurk [Diaspora].
"The material, cultural, and political losses of the Armenian nation are immeasurable; however the greatest loss was the people - bearers of the ancient, rich, and unique civilization.
"We, the living, must not only remember and revere them but also live, work, and struggle with a greater vigor, also in their place. Live, work, and struggle with the optimistic outlook, with the belief in good, humanity, and justice."
Photo: The Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan
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