Whereas on April 24, 1915, the Turkish Government perpetrated against Armenian people what is commonly referred to as the first genocide of the twentieth century, which continued until 1923 and resulted in the death of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children; and
Whereas since memories fade with time, it is important to remind ourselves about human tragedies that have taken place; and
Whereas those who survived the Armenian genocide and their successors have had to work hard to make these tragic events known to the world, battling cover-ups, misinformation and denial; and
Whereas as a community, it is appropriate for us to stand together and join our Armenian brothers and sisters in an effort to memorialize their fallen ancestors and to ensure that this horrible act is not repeated; and
Whereas as we remember the past, let us also dedicate ourselves to building a greater future, as a testament to mankind’s indomitable spirit;
Now, Therefore I, Victor M. Gordo, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2023 as a Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.