One hundred years after the Armenian Genocide of 1915, thousands gathered in Boston on April 24, 2015 for a milestone commemoration at Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway. People attending the large event remembered the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed around the time of World War I by the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Many highlighted the genocide’s recognition by Massachusetts along with other States and countries, but not yet by U.S. President Obama nor the government of Turkey.
The Boston centennial commemoration was one of the largest in the U.S. representing the Armenian-American community in New England. Midday on Thursday, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey joined Governor Charlie Baker in speaking at the State House, beginning a procession through the city to the relatively new Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh spoke at the park along with dignitaries from the Armenian Heritage Foundation. Later that night, a youth-led candlelight vigil was held with music and imagery recalling the genocide. Many people also left flowers at the base of the Abstract Sculpture and reflecting pool at Armenian Heritage Park. See more remembrances from around the world at The Big Picture.