Councilman Paul Vallone commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs and the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square. At Holy Martyrs, Vallone recognized the victims in a solemn ceremony. At the commemoration in Times Square, the Councilman spoke of his personal connection to the Armenian community, as his wife and children possess Armenian roots.
Vallone said, “We shared stories of our Armenian families, and how the history of the genocide has been passed on from one generation to the next. One hundred years later our country has still refused to recognize the murder of 1.5 million Armenians, so we must all do our part to make our voices heard and teach our children the truth. I was privileged to stand with my family as we together celebrated the Armenian culture, heritage, and pride, and raise our voices to the Heavens until our country and the world stand with us.”