Letters: Remember the Armenian Genocide


Letters: Remember the Armenian Genocide
David Muradian and his mother, Susan, near the polling place at Grafton Middle School. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

GRAFTON — April 24 marks the 108th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Our Armenian history is well documented, save for a select few who seem to think that having a revisionist’s view of history somehow changes it.

On April 24, 1915, most Armenian doctors, educators, writers, intellectuals, lawyers and community leaders were rounded up and viciously killed, or forced into death marches. This massacre left over 1.5 million Armenian dead from the actions of Young Turk Government members.

Genocide across the world has had a profound effect, and there is no doubt that this was a
horrific incident, encased in a horrid part of history. Unspeakable crimes, committed by
undeserving-to-mention individuals, and by a community and government who still to this
day overwhelmingly denies this history.

We must recognize the happenings of 108 years ago. Wounds heal, but scars certainly
remain. The healing process truly begins when all involved take responsibility for their role.
We will never be able to change what happened, but we can all help with continuing to
educate, so that history never repeats itself.

Armenian-Americans and human rights supporters must continue to teach individuals of this history. We must take time to reflect and remember all of our family and friends whose lives were taken. There is no mistake that we have a dark cloud hanging over our heritage due to horrific actions from others. However, we also have a ray of sunshine shining through, and that is our successes and survival.


Proud Armenian-American and State Representative,

David Muradian

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