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On Wednesday, April 24th, many people marked the 104th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at the Saint James Apostolic Church in Rancho Cordova.

The Armenians are the descendants of a branch of the Indo-Europeans and are located in the areas of Caucasus and Middle East. Armenians can trace their history back thousands of years, to the Urartians, Hurrians, and Luwians that lived in Anatolia in the several millennia before Christ. As stated by numerous historians, “In the early 4th century, the Kingdom of Armenia became the first state to adopt Christianity as a state religion”. These early kingdoms passed on some of their traditions and customs to the kingdoms that succeeded them, and so some of Armenian still displays these ancient roots and ties.

The Armenian genocide was the ruthless slaughter of 1.5 million of Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire; almost the whole civilization! This terrifying massacre is the scar in every Armenians bloodline and their wounds are still not healed. The brutal torture was performed with men that were led into the army and later killed and women and children were burnt and drowned.

On this day, the crowd still mourns the 1.5 million people who were exterminated. The church’s priest Ter Yegishe led the whole memorial and Zartonk Dance Academy performed many native folk dances. As for the crowd, there were many different races that came, and many were the children of the victims. A lot of parents and children read their ancestors’ letters that they left after their death that explain the horror that they were put through. The memorial ended at 9 pm and after the church memorial, the crown went to the California State Capitol Museum to represent their sorrow there also. 

DC Roar Writer

Noem Melkonyan

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