Los Angeles County marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide proclaiming a Day of Remembrance for one of the darkest chapters in human history.
In Los Angeles County, home to the largest population of Armenians in the nation, we are ensuring that those who died are never forgotten by consistently remembering — and openly condemning — the atrocities committed against the Armenians by the Turkish government to expel Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.
My office is also hosting “iwitness,” an interactive art installation through May 31st which is on three levels at Grand Park. Eyewitness survivors of the Genocide are displayed in an inter-connected network of towering asymmetrical photographic sculptures. Conceived and constructed by artists Ara Oshagan and Levon Parian, and architect Vahagn Thomasian, iwitness is the first public art installation at Grand Park.
Additionally, the Board of Supervisors approved my motion with Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to send a letter, signed by the five supervisors, to President Obama requesting that he recognize the atrocities committed against the Armenian people in 1915 as a genocide — while also approving a genocide memorial plaque to be placed in Grand Park.