On the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to send a letter, signed by the five supervisors, to President Obama requesting that he recognize the atrocities against the Armenian people in 1915 as a genocide — while also approving a genocide memorial plaque to be placed in Grand Park.
“23 nations have officially recognized what Pope Francis has called ‘the first genocide of the 20th century. Yet, the President of the United States refuses to refer to the mass killings of Armenians as genocide. It is necessary, and indeed a duty to remember that this was genocide,” said Antonovich.
“In Los Angeles County, home to the largest population of Armenians in the nation, we must ensure that those who died are never forgotten by consistently remembering — and openly condemning — the atrocities committed against the Armenians. This plaque in Grand Park will serve as a reminder and a memorial for the 1.5 million Armenians who died, along with the survivors and their families.”