Armenian Genocide NYC Times Square 2015

April 21, 2015

April 24, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the day Armenians commemorate as the beginning of the genocide committed by the Ottoman Turks, which claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians.

This month there are commemorations being held in cities and towns all over the world.

Date and time for New York City Armenian Genocide Centennial Observation:

Where: Times Square
When: 1:45 PM — Sunday, April 26, 2015

(There will be a Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral at 10:00 A.M. The cathedral is located at 630 Second Avenue between East 34th Street and East 35th Street. A procession to Times Square will depart at 12 Noon.)



CHANGE DUE to WEATHER for NYC Armenian Genocide Commemoration Sunday April 22 2012

April 22, 2012

The site for the Armenian Genocide Commemoration scheduled on Sunday April 22, 2012 in New York Cityhas been changed. Due to rain, today’s commemoration will be held at the St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral complex on Second Avenue (between East 34th and East 35th streets).

See “2012 Armenian Genocide Commemoration Events in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Massachusetts” (Posted April 8, 2012) for more details about the event, schedule, and contact information).

2012 Armenian Genocide Commemoration Events in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Massachusetts

April 8, 2012

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. The following are a few of the Armenian Genocide Commemorations for 2012 across the US:

APRIL 15, 2012  ‘OUR DAY TO REMEMBER’ — Massachusetts
A memorial tribute to Armenian martyrs featuring the Sayat Nova Dance Company of Boston.
Sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Merrimack Valley.
Begins at 3 p.m. at North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. Admission: adults, $15; students, $5.
Reception to follow.

APRIL 15, 2012  Commemoration of Armenian Genocide USA — Los Angeles, California 
CA-South Los Angeles, 6:00PM
Organizer: Homenetmen Ararat, 818-480-1651
Admission: Free
Location: homenetment ararat 3347 san fernando rd.

APRIL 16, 2012 Armenian Genocide Recognition Week at the Hammer Museum USA — Los Angeles, California
CA-South Los Angeles
Organizer: Hammer Museum, 310-443-7000
Admission: Free
Location: Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Merrimack Valley holds annual flag-raising ceremony and genocide commemoration at
Lowell City Hall.
Gathering at 9:30 a.m. at Merrimack and John Sts. for procession, followed by program and reception.

APRIL 22, 2012 GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION New York City (NYC) — New York
Armenian Genocide Commemoration at Times Square: “Turkey is Guilty of Genocide. Denying the Undeniable is a Crime.”
Begins at 2 p.m. at 43rd St. and Broadway NYC.***
For free bus transportation to and from Times Square, call the Diocese (212-686-0710), Prelacy (212-689-7810), Sona (New Jersey; 551-427-8763), John (Holy Martyrs; 718-631-2247), Eddy (St. Sarkis; 917-885-9729); Kostan (Sts. Vartanantz; 201-741-9789), Andy (Paramus; 201-368-2791), Very Rev. Fr. Vazken Karayan (Holy Cross; 201-865-2790), Sako (Queens Armenian Center; 516-805-5816), or Tigran (Brooklyn; 347-291-7765). Or visit,,

APRIL 22, 2012 Requiem Service — San Francisco, California
Join us in a requiem service remembering the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire.
Keynote Speaker: Raffi Momjian from the Genocide Education Project.
Mt. Davidson Cross 39 Dalewood Way, San Francisco CA
Admission: Free 

APRIL 24, 2012 Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide — San Francisco, California
Community gathering and program to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Cultural program with Stephan Astourian, keynote speaker.
Organized by AGCC (Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee)
Saroyan Hall @ Khatchatourian Center 825 Brotherhood Way
7:30 pm
Admission: Free

APRIL 29, 2012 Walkathon 2nd Annual Bay Area Walk Against Genocide San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition — Oakland, California 
The 2nd Annual Bay Area Walk Against Genocide is our way to take part. Hundreds of people walked including genocide survivors, community leaders, students and neighbors for a day of reflection, speeches, advocacy training, and a collective walk around Lake Merritt.
Noon to 4p.m.
Admission: Free
Lake Merritt Grand Avenue and Bellevue Avenue
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA 
Noon-4pm: Music & Tabling
1-2pm: Program
2-3pm: Walk

[Please post additional event information, updates, and corrections in ‘Comments’. Thank you.]

97th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide: Times Square — April 22, 2012

February 28, 2012

Click link for details:

97th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide to Be Held in Times Square, Sunday, April 22, 2-4 pm
Theme “Turkey Is Guilty of Genocide: Denying the Undeniable Is a Crime”; Armenian Genocide experts and survivors available for interviews
Wall Street Journal Market Watch | February 6, 2012

Does it matter whether Turkey admits it was genocide?

May 6, 2011

Yesterday, I attended a talk by a well-known reporter who has covered the Armenian community and the United Nations throughout her career. At the end of the talk, the question of whether it matters if Turkey admits to the Armenian Genocide came up. I chose to listen to the opinions shared, not offering mine despite being among Armenians in the familiar surroundings of the Eastern Dioceses of the Armenian Church complex. It is interesting to note that Armenians do not share one mind when it comes to the topic of the Armenian Genocide.

Dr. Richard Hovannisian at 2011 Times Square Commemoration of Armenian Genocide

Dr. Richard Hovannisian at 2011 Times Square Commemoration of Armenian Genocide

While there is no doubt in any Armenian’s mind about the veracity of the facts concerning the Armenian Genocide, we do not all agree on what to do with this knowledge.

Many Armenians (like a significant percentage of those attending the commemoration of the 96th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Times Square) want reparations and land. Many only want an official acknowledgment and apology from the government of Turkey.

Opinions also tend to be colored by whether or not an Armenian individual’s family was a victim of the Genocide or not. Present-day Armenians living in Turkey frequently disparage Armenians in the diaspora for our politics, which is something not altogether surprising, because the Turkish government considers the vocal diaspora (especially in the United States) to be a thorn in its side. 

As I’ve come to learn, Armenians from the former Soviet Republic of Armenia and the Middle East have varying degrees of knowledge about the Armenian Genocide. Generally speaking, Armenians living in Europe and the United States have historically had far greater access to the wealth of knowledge about the history of the Armenian Genocide. This, too, informs the opinions Armenians have about the Turkish question.

2011 96th Annual Armenian Genocide Commemorations

April 13, 2011


Culver City (Sony Pictures)

April 21, 2011 – 3PM
Sony Pictures
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
818-500-1918 (Call for more information)
YouTube Video

Encino – Ferrahian School
Glendale – St. Mary’s Church
Hollywood – R&A Pillbos School

Los Angeles

April 24, 2011 – 4 PM
Turkish Consulate
6300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Genocide Vigil to Feature Element Band, Zulal and Raffi Semerdjian | April 12, 2011


Wright announces Armenian genocide commemoration | April 13, 2011

New York City:

Armenian Genocide 96th Anniversary Commemoration — Times Square — Sunday, May 1, 2011 | April 4, 2011

[Please send information about all Armenian Genocide commemorations to the editor via a comment for inclusion in this blog.]

Armenian Genocide 96th Anniversary Commemoration — Times Square — Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 4, 2011


(February 25, 2011) NY, NY–For the 26th year, thousands of Armenian Americans and their supporters will gather in Times Square (43rd St. & Broadway) to commemorate the first genocide of the 20th Century: The Armenian Genocide. To be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 2-4 PM, this historic event will pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians who were annihilated by the Young Turk Government of the Ottoman Empire. The Commemoration will also celebrate the survival and spirit of the Armenian people, their rich heritage and global contributions.

Presenters will include civic, religious, humanitarian, educational, cultural leaders and performing artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Armenian Genocide experts Dennis R. Papazian, PhD, National Grand Commander of Knights of Vartan, Dr. Arthur Kubikian, former Chairman of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square (1999 and 2006) and Dr. Raffi A. Hovanessian, active in Armenian affairs and Vice Chair of the Diocesan Council in N.Y., are available for media interviews via phone and in-person. Armenian Genocide Survivors are also available (with translators) to discuss their eyewitness accounts as refugees from the Armenian Genocide. Their painful accounts of the horrendous horrors and mass destruction they witnessed and lived through are critical contributions to world history.

Dr. Papazian comments, “There is no question that when genocide goes unpunished, it makes other perpetrators discount the possibility of being punished for their transgressions. The Turkish government to this day continues to deny the reality of the first genocide of the 20th Century, the Armenian Genocide, which opened the door to all the genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries including the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. In fact, when Hitler sent his Death Heads troops into Poland at the beginning of World War II, he said, “Go. Kill without mercy. Who today remembers the extermination of the Armenians?”

Armenian Genocide experts and survivors available for interviews

Issues to explore with experts:

  • Why do the Armenians and supporters commemorate the Armenian Genocide?
  • What is the historical evidence to support the Armenian Genocide?
  • Why is the Turkish government denying the Armenian Genocide and what would be the outcomes if the Turkish government acknowledged the Genocide?
  • What major world historical events have taken place in the 20th and 21st centuries because of the denial of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish Ottoman Empire and other nations?
  • What are the consequences of countries recognizing the Armenian Genocide?

The Experts

Dennis R. Papazian, PhD, is the National Grand Commander of Knights of Vartan and founding Director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where from 1971-2006, he held the position of Professor of History. He also served four years as Executive Director of the Armenian Assembly of America in Washington, D.C. In addition, Dr. Papazian was on the Board of Trustees of the American Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the St. Nersess Armenian Theological Seminary, President of the Society for Armenian Studies and Editor of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and resides in N.J. with his wife, Mary, who is Senior Vice President of Lehman College, CUNY.

Arthur H. Kubikian, DDS, is the former Chairman of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square (1999 and 2006) and is an active member of the Knights of Vartan.  He resides in Long Island, N.Y.

Raffi A. Hovanessian, MD, has been active in Armenian affairs throughout his life and is presently Vice Chair of the Diocesan Council in N.Y.  He has served on the boards of the Armenian Assembly, AGBU, St. Nersess Seminary and the American University of Armenia and is an active member of the Knights of Vartan.  He resides in N.J.

The 96th Commemoration is organized by the Mid-Atlantic chapters of Knights & Daughters of Vartan, a U.S. fraternal organization of Armenian-Americans, and co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of America, Armenian Council of America and ADL-Ramgavars.

Participating Organizations: Diocese of the Armenian Church, Prelacy of the Armenian Church, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Catholic Eparchy for US and Canada, Mid-Atlantic ACYOA, AYF, Armenian Youth Organizations, Armenian University and College Clubs.



April 25, 2010
TIMES SQUARE EVENT MOVED TO DIOCESES: The 95th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide will be held this afternoon from 2-4 pm in Kavookjian Hall at the Armenian Diocese, 630 Second Avenue @ 34th Street.

2010 Armenian Genocide Commemoration Calendar of Events

April 17, 2010

The 95th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide will be held this afternoon from 2-4 pm in Kavookjian Hall at the Armenian Diocese, 630 Second Avenue @ 34th Street.

(Please email or post a comment with details of commemoration events in additional cities.)


Survivors’ Walk (ACYO of Burbank)

Pilgrimage to Armenian Genocide Monument in Montebello

Los Angeles (Turkish Consulate)

Rancho Mirage


Boston (Tufts University)

Watertown (Prelacy)

Worcester (Prelacy)

New York

New York City (Prelacy)

April 25, 2-4 PM:

Times Square—25th annual Armenian Genocide commemoration in Times Square organized by the Knights & Daughters of Vartan and co-sponsored by AGBU, AAA, ANCA, ADL Party, and ACA. Participating organizations include: Diocese and Prelacy of the Armenian Church, AMAA, Armenian Evangelical Union and Armenian Catholic Eparchy. Media contact Linda Millman Guller, Knights & Daughters of Vartan at (203) 454-9800 or

April 22, 7 PM:

Artists, authors, and other professionals will read from the works of Armenian authors of Constantinople, who were rounded up on the night of April 24, 1915. The readings, in Armenian and English, will take place in the sanctuary of St. Vartan Cathedral located at 630 Second Avenue in New York City. For information, call the Diocese at (212) 686-0710. The event is sponsored by the Diocese’s Zohrab Information Center, Columbia Armenian Students Association, the Armenian Students Association, the Armenian Network of America (N.Y. region), and the Knights and Daughters of Vartan.

April 23, 7 PM:

A concert titled “Requiem and Resurrection” will be held in the sanctuary of St. Vartan Cathedral, featuring works by Komitas, Khachaturian, and others, as performed by pianist Karine Poghosyan, the Merlin Virtuosi string quartet, and the St. Vartan Cathedral Choir under the direction of Maestro Khoren Mekanejian. The evening begins with a requiem service, followed immediately by the concert. The event is being sponsored through the generosity of the Edward and Grace Alexanian Fund. St. Vartan Cathedral is located at 630 Second Avenue in New York City. For information, call the Diocese at (212) 686-0710.

April 24:

Armenian churches will hold requiem services for victims of the Genocide throughout the region.

April 25, 8:30 – 10:30 AM and 12:30-3:30 PM:

A bone marrow registry drive will be held at St. Vartan Cathedral. The drive is organized to help find a bone marrow donor for Charlotte Conybear, a four-year old girl suffering from a life-threatening bone marrow disorder. St. Vartan Cathedral is located at 630 Second Avenue in New York City.

April 25, 7:30 PM:

Premiere of Beneath the Veil, produced, directed, and starring Mary Apick, international award winning actress and human right activist. Beneath the Veil, a Critic’s Choice play based on real events, unveils the truth behind the brutal treatment of millions of women today in the Middle East. Traditional music and dance, presented by a cast of twelve, highlight the action. Playing exclusively for one night only at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for Performating Arts. A VIP reception will follow the performance attended by celebrities and dignitaries.

Rhode Island

Providence (Prelacy)

Rochester, New York

April 25, 2:30 PM

Vincent Lima, until recently the editor of the “Armenian Reporter,” will speak on “Power, Information, and the Acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide,” at the 95th-anniversary remembrance of the Armenian Genocide organized by the Armenian Church of Rochester. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Tigran Vardanyan will perform selections from Armenian composers. The event will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Avenue, in Rochester. Admission is free and open to the public. Contacts: Max Boudakian, Ph.D. 585-381-0195 or Stephen Roomian 585-756-9702.

[Sources: Armenian Reporter, Armenian Weekly,]

Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration—April 25, 2010

February 10, 2010


Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square

  • Rally
  • Sunday, April 25 at 2:00pm
  • New York  (Broadway between 43rd and 44th streets)

For more information about 95th Anniversary commemorations in Times Square, New York, and other cities please click here

I regret admitting that last year was the first year I attended this rally. For years, my Aunt Seda (Zarian) asked me to join her for this important event. As best as I can recall, years ago, the Armenians would walk from St. Vartan’s Cathedral to the UN Headquarters in New York City. When I was younger, my aunt talked about this past history as if it were relevant to our lives today. It is, but my thinking was so misguided when I was younger. It isn’t that I didn’t care—in my heart I wanted for Armenians and Turks to get along. Dr. Zaven Daderian, my senior year Sunday School teacher at the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs (in Bayside, NY), also taught me a great deal about our Armenian history. It was Dr. Daderian who explained that Turkey’s government actively denies the Armenian Genocide today. I wish for this policy to change because there are many good Turkish people, including the Turkish family who saved my grandfather and great grandfather in Marash, in 1920.

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