April 29 2013

Local Armenians marked the 98th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
in Turkey on April 25 in Peabody.

By John Castelluccio

Local Armenians gathered at City Hall on Thursday morning with local
officials and Peabody High students to raise the national flag and
reflect on the 98th anniversary of the massacre of their ancestors
on April 24, 1915.

Fr. Vasken Kouzouian of the Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge led a
service to memorialize the victims of the genocide and author and
local historian Sudi Smoller was the featured speaker.

The local celebration began in Peabody 22 years ago under the direction
of former Mayor Peter Torigian, who was Armenian. His family was
present Thursday to participate in the ceremony.

"This commemoration provides us an opportunity to stand together
with Armenian Americans across the country; to mourn the loss of so
many innocent lives and recommit ourselves to a world where such an
atrocity can never happen again," says Mayor Ted Bettencourt.