Armenian Genocide Centennial-2015


The Armenian Genocide Centennial activities in the Fresno area were organized in 2015.

Armenian Genocide Monument Unveiled at Historic Ceremony
4,000 plus attended on Thursday, April 23
Maple Mall, Fresno State

Armenian Genocide Monument

Armenian Genocide Monument to be Built on Fresno State Campus
-Groundbreaking Held on Sunday, November 2, 2014
Fresno—On Sunday, November 2, the Armenian Community of the San Joaquin Valley  broke ground on a Monument dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The event began at 2:30 p.m. and took place at the Fresno State Maple Mall, located south of the Satellite Student Union. 
For more information, go to the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee-Fresno website.

The following are some of the local and state articles and news coverage for the Armenian Genocide Centennial.

Fresno State Unveils Armenian Genocide Monument
(VPR © 04/27/2015)
On Thursday, the Maple Mall at Fresno State became the center of remembrance of one of the most tragic tales of the 20th century, as the university unveiled its new Armenian Genocide Monument.

Fresno Armenians reflect and remember on 100th anniversary of genocide
(KFSN ABC 30 Fresno © 04/25/2015)
This July, Karina Khachatourian will celebrate 20 years since opening the doors of her Northwest Fresno clothing store, A. Feliche. But Friday was a much bigger day for her and her son, a Fresno State student.

Fresno Remembers the Armenian Genocide
(KSEE 24 News (Fresno) © 04/25/2015)
From City Hall, to the streets of downtown, to Fresno State and a packed Armenian church, Fresnans remembered the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Friday, April 24th marked 100 years since the genocide began in 1915. In every event, people honored the lives lost while calling for recognition.

(4/24/2015 © ABC 30)
Thursday night was a historic one for Fresno State and the entire Armenian community in the Valley, as the Armenian genocide monument was officially unveiled.

Fresno State’s Armenian Genocide Monument: first of its kind in the nation
(4/24/2015 © Cenclilife 30)
“Armenians have been involved in virtually every aspect of Fresno’s development,” says Barlow Der Mugrdechian, coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State, of their strong local presence. ... the-nation

Thousands crowd Fresno State for somber Armenian genocide monument ceremony
(4/24/2015 © Fresno Bee)
More than an estimated 4,000 people crowded Fresno State’s Maple Mall on Thursday night for a somber ceremony to unveil the Armenian Genocide Centennial Monument.

Fresno Philharmonic takes on ambitious choral piece on Armenian genocide
(4/24/2015 © Fresno Bee)
“Cantata for the Living Martyrs,” composed by Serouj Kradjian, will be performed Saturday, April 25, by the Fresno Philharmonic in a concert titled “Witness and Rebirth: An Armenian Journey.” It features the musical muscle of a full orchestra, soprano soloist Isabel Bayrakdarian (Kradjian’s wife) and 220 singers of the Fresno Master Chorale and the Fresno State Concert Choir on stage. Audiences should be prepared for a massive emotional experience that runs the gamut of human emotions, from revulsion at the atrocities unleashed upon the Armenian people to the cleansing optimism of humanity facing up to the mistakes of the past.

Armenian Genocide Monument Unveiled At Fresno State
(4/24/2015 © KMPH Fox 26)
A monument at Fresno State is marking 100-years since the Armenian Genocide. The monument was unveiled during a ceremony on Thursday evening.

Fresno Armenians call Presidents decision not to say genocide laughable
(KFSN ABC 30 Fresno © 04/23/2015)
Fresno State will unveil an Armenian Genocide monument tomorrow night, starting at 7:30 at Maple Mall.

Fresno to name street after Armenia
( © 04/23/2015)
Also Thursday is a somber evening service at Ararat Cemetery to remember the 1.5 million who died from 1915-23 when Ottoman Turks killed and relocated Armenians from their country. Thursday night is also the unveiling of the Armenian Genocide Monument at Fresno State.

Armenian Genocide Centennial Monument unveiled at Fresno State
(Fresno Bee © 04/23/2015)

VIDEO - The Armenian Genocide Centennial Monument was unveiled before thousands of guests during a ceremony commemorating the struggle of the Armenian people, their contributions to Fresno and the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. (Video: Craig Kohlruss) (thefresnobee)

Armenian Genocide Centennial Monument unveiled at Fresno State
(Fresno Bee © 04/23/2015)

VIDEO - The Armenian genocide centennial monument was unveiled Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Fresno State's Maple Mall. Video by Craig Kohlruss. (thefresnobee)

Fresno Armenians call Presidents decision not to say genocide laughable
(KFSN ABC 30 Fresno © 04/23/2015)
Fresno State will unveil an Armenian Genocide monument tomorrow night, starting at 7:30 at Maple Mall.

No Formal Recognition of Armenian Genocide by U.S.; Local Armenians React 
(4/22/2015 © KSEE 24 News)
Apkarian is also the chair of the committee that brought the Armenian Genocide monument to Fresno State. Tuesday evening, the finishing touches were being made.

Fresno Armenian leaders praise Pope Francis' acknowledgment of genocide
(Fresno Bee © 04/13/2015)
Sergio La Porta is a professor of Armenian studies at Fresno State and president of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee. This committee seeks to bring awareness and education to the community about the Armenian genocide and will soon unveil a stone monument at Fresno State commemorating the tragedy.

Armenian genocide: Massive march ends at Turkish consulate in L.A.
(L.A. Now © 04/27/2015)
Numerous events locally and worldwide marked the day, including an event at Cal State Fresno, where hundreds of students congregated at noon as the carillon in the campus clock tower played “The Bells of Peace” for 15 minutes, to represent the year 1915. On Thursday evening, more than 4,000 had assembled to dedicate a new, privately funded Armenian genocide monument on the campus.