Kris Craig

Providence Journal
May 2 2011

Carrying a wreath, Christina Zaroogian and Vanessa Ghazarian lead
the opening procession to the Armenian Martyrs' Memorial at the North
Burial Ground in Providence on Sunday. More than 300 people assembled
to once again pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenian "martyrs" who
suffered and died in what has been called the Armenian genocide of
1915. Those who attended ranged from toddlers to people in their 90s,
as well as clergy and politicians. Providence's three Armenian churches
performed a prayer service complete with the singing of hymns and a
laying of wreaths at the monument to those who were massacred.

The ceremony came a week after the 96th anniversary of the date
when the Turkish Ottoman Empire began its years-long effort, during
World War I, to deport and eliminate the Armenian minority from
their ancestral homeland. The genocide began on April 24, 1915,
the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested about 250
Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. The
guest speaker at the annual remembrance ceremony was Peter Kougasian,
veteran assistant district attorney in New York City.

From: A. Papazian