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It was hard this past spring to look around Glendale without being reminded it's been 100 years since the first genocide of the 20th century.

The events on April 24 and the days and weeks leading up to it contained memorials, lectures and a march through the streets of Hollywood.

More than 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire starting in 1915.

Many of the survivors' descendants live not only in Glendale but surrounding Southland cities as well.

While the local Armenian community carried out its observance, the cities of Glendale and Los Angeles were praised for their assistance, and people from many different backgrounds offered their support.

More than 130,000 people take part in LA rally commemorating Armenian Genocide centennial

"I have to say it was unprecedented, not just the SoCal Armenian-American community, but all communities of faith and of ethnicities to come together to show that unity is truly power, to accomplish what was a singular goal that we had to raise awareness and to deter future inhumanities by man toward man," said Garo Ghazarian, co-chair of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee Western Region.

The centennial committee is composed of representatives from 19 Armenian-American organizations with a goal of not only spreading awareness about the genocide, but also demanding that the Republic of Turkey end its denial of the atrocities and recognize them.

Around the anniversary date, Glendale Community College held a day of remembrance with several guest speakers, while a commemoration event was held at the Alex Theatre.

Around the city, hundreds of businesses placed signs on their front doors and windows provided by the centennial committee that stated they would be closed on April 24.

Mayor Ara Najarian said he reflects on the centennial as a milestone in showing how the genocide failed to annihilate the Armenian people and how far the community has come.
March for Justice commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Children carry a banner indicating the number of Armenians who were killed by the Ottoman Empire, present day Turkey, in 1915. The children were among tens of thousands of participants in the March for Justice, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

"Support is continuously growing. I see more and more people that learn about the genocide are willing to support us in our efforts," he said.

The largest anniversary event was a 150,000-person march through Hollywood on April 24 to protest the Turkish government's denial.

For Ghazarian, seeing participants ranging from the elderly to college students and even younger gave him a feeling of "ultimate empowerment."

While the 100th anniversary is now in the past, planning for the 101st is underway.

"It does not end here," Ghazarian said. "I can say without any hesitation that we have only just begun."

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http://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/news/tn-gnp-newsmaker-armenian-genocide-commemoration-20151230-story.html


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