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Photos: Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration Draws Thousands to Greenway

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.

 Over 3000 people gathered on the Greenway for the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration
Over 3000 people gathered on the Greenway for the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration
 Signs to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide
Signs to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide
 Armenian Heritage Park filled for commemoration
Armenian Heritage Park filled for commemoration
 Signs and flags at Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration
Signs and flags at Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration
 Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks at commemoration
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks at commemoration
 Commemoration crowd in front of the Abstract Sculpture on the Greenway
Commemoration crowd in front of the Abstract Sculpture on the Greenway
 Armenian flags wave at the commemoration on the Greenway
Armenian flags wave at the commemoration on the Greenway

 

 Vigil attendees spilled over the Greenway in downtown Boston
Vigil attendees spilled over the Greenway in downtown Boston
 Cultural music and genocide images were presented at Armenian Heritage Park
Cultural music and genocide images were presented at Armenian Heritage Park
 Man wears Armenia jacket at the evening vigil
Man wears Armenia jacket at the evening vigil
 Flowers and candles were laid around the Abstract Sculpture
Flowers and candles were laid around the Abstract Sculpture
 A man holds a candle as Armenian music played during the vigil
A man holds a candle as Armenian music played during the vigil
 Armenian flags waved as a youth-led vigil was held at Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway
Armenian flags waved as a youth-led vigil was held at Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway

Photos by Matt Conti.

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