January 28, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ani Garabedian
tel: (818) 500-1918

Mayor Villaraigosa Remembers Armenian Genocide
Survivor Ghazaros Kademian

Los Angeles, CA – In a statement released yesterday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored the memory of Ghazaros Kademian, a longtime ANCA supporter and one of the oldest remaining survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Kademian passed away on January 24, 2009 at his home in Glendale, California. Kademian, who was born in the historic city of Zeitoun in 1907, lived a life full of faith and dedication.

Villaraigosa recalled the remarkable life of Kademian and stressed the importance of recognition of the Armenian Genocide. During his tenure in the State Assembly and as Los Angeles Mayor, Villaraigosa has repeatedly demonstrated his steadfast support for the Armenian community and has been a consistent supporter of Armenian Genocide recognition resolutions.

The full text of the statement is included below.

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Photo caption: Mr. Ghazaros Kademian

Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa

January 27, 2009

“Ghazaros Kademian’s story is one of survival and strength, courage and conviction, passion and purpose. He emerged from one of the darkest chapters of human history and worked to shed light on the tragedy of the Armenian genocide.

“We were all blessed by his spirit, commitment, dedication and service. And I hope his passing serves as a reminder of our collective obligation to honor the memory of those who perished and recognize the facts of past atrocities.

“As Ghazaros looks down upon each of us, may his life and legacy inspire us all to continue exposing the truth about the horrors of history and pursuing justice for future generations.”