DeFacto Agency, Armenia
May 2 2008


YEREVAN, 02.05.08. DE FACTO. On Sunday 27th, April 2008, Ryde City
joined with Armenian-Australians, in commemorating the 93rd
anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1922.
The commemoration was held at Meadowbank War Memorial Park in front of
the Armenian Genocide Memorial. The Armenian Genocide wreath laying
ceremony was organized by the Ryde City Council in conjunction with
the Armenian Community. The ceremony, held since 2005, was organized
by Ryde City Council with active participation by the Armenian
Genocide Commemorative Committee, Australian National Committee,
Deniston East Homentmen Ararat Scouts, Ryde Multicultural Centre and
the extended Armenian Community of Ryde.
The Master of Ceremony, Councillor Sarkis Yedelian, Deputy Mayor of
the City, first acknowledged and paid respect to many clans of the
Eora nation on whose traditional land the memorial has been erected
and the ceremony took place. Among the many participants were
Clr. Ivan Petch Mayor of Ryde, descendents of Genocide Survivors, His
Eminence Arch. Aghan Baliozian Primate of Armenian Apostolic Church of
Australia and New Zealand, Rev Khachik Khachikian, Reverend Fathers,
Mr. & Mrs. Varoujan and Sylvia Iskenderian Permanent representative of
Nagorno Karabakh Republic, members of Armenian National Committee and
Representatives of various community organizations, as well as the
Homentmen Ararat scouts.
To remind, on April 12, 2005, through the initiative of Clr. Yedelian,
City of Ryde unanimously passed a resolution. Ryde Council made
history by becoming first City Council in Australia to adopt the
resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress