April 23, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Kzirian
tel: (818) 500-1918

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Hosts
Armenian Genocide Commemoration

Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian National Committee – Western Region (ANC-WR) joined representatives of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America at a special session of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors commemorating the 94th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 21, 2008. The event was hosted by Fifth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael B. Antonovich, with the presentation taking place at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administrations in Los Angeles.

ANC-WR Board Member Aida Dimejian addressed the County Board, tying denial of the Armenian Genocide to the horrors taking place in Darfur today. “As a community deeply affected by genocide, we must keep commemorating because of the current genocide in Darfur and send the signal to perpetrators of this crime that we will speak out.”

“We are proud to participate in this commemoration,” stated ANC-WR Board Member Pattyl Aposhian-Kasparian. “Supervisor Antonovich has long been a principled leader when it comes to recognition of the Armenian Genocide. We look forward to his continued involvement in the county in the years to come,” she added.

Consul General of the Republic of Armenia Grigor Hovhannissian also addressed the Board of Supervisors thanking them for their commitment and consistency in helping to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide.

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Photo Caption: (center) Supervisor Michael Antonovich, joined by (L to R) Lerna Kayserian, Aida Dimejian, Pattyl Aposhian-Kasparian, Peklar Pilavjian, Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian.