98Th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocideby Representative David G. Valadao
Posted on 2013-04-24
VALADAO asked and was given permission to address the House for
Mr. VALADAO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on the 98th anniversary of the
initiation of the Armenian genocide in order to commemorate a moment in
history inflicting wounds still fresh for many constituents in my
From 1915 to 1923, the Ottoman Empire engaged in the systematic and organized deportation and extermination of over 2 million Armenians from their homeland. Although exact records were not kept, it is estimated that nearly 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children were killed and that many were permanently displaced or forced to flee. These horrific events have become known today as the Armenian genocide.
Many of those able to flee emigrated to the United States and settled in California. Today, their families continue to grow, thrive, and pass along their cultural heritage into their adopted communities. However, the sense of loss as a result of these horrific acts runs deep as many Armenian Americans personally know a friend or a family member who was unable to escape the genocide.
Despite the horrors of this time and broad international consensus that these events are rightly identified as ``genocide,'' the foreign policy of the United States refuses to acknowledge what so many already know to be true. Today, let us recognize and remember the 2 million Armenians whose lives were lost or forever changed by these tragic events.