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Armenians Across Texas Participate in Peace March at State Capitol to Commemorate Armenian Genocide Centennial

Contact: Mihran Aroian, 512-632-8738

AUSTIN, Texas, March 19, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In recognition of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, Armenians from across Texas -- Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio -- will gather on Saturday, April 18 for a Peace March and Rally from Congress Avenue to the Texas State Capitol, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The gathering includes a program at the south steps of the Capitol at 2:00 p.m. with holocaust and genocide guest speakers, state political officials and several other religious communities. This marks the 100th year commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the world's first genocide of the 20th century, in which 1.5 million Christian Armenian men, women and children were systematically killed by the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

"The mission of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Texas is to educate and raise awareness in Texas of the Armenian Genocide and, 100 years later, to stand against cultural genocide and persecution the world over," says Mihran Aroian, chairman of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Texas. "Most Armenians in Texas are descendants of survivors of the Armenian genocide. Our mission here is to use this historic event to speak out against genocide because hatred, prejudice and ethnic annihilation have no role in a just and peaceful world."

April 18 Schedule of Events

  • 12:00 p.m.: Prayer Gathering, First United Methodist Church Family Life Center (FLC), 13th Street and Lavaca
  • 1:00 p.m.: Peace March, FLC, south on Guadalupe, east on Fifth Street, north to the Texas State Capitol on Congress Avenue
  • 2:00 p.m.: Rally at Texas State Capitol, South Steps
  • 4:00 p.m.: Memorial Dinner, FLC, for the 1.5 million Armenian genocide victims, who will be canonized by the Holy See of the Armenian Church on April 24

Please visit www.april241915.org for more information.

About Armenia and the Genocide Centennial:
The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Located at the foothills of Mt. Ararat (where Noah's Ark rests), Armenia was the first Nation to accept Christianity as its national religion in 301 AD. The mission of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Texas is to encourage meaningful and respectful dialogue on the subject of the Armenian Genocide and to educate and raise awareness.