New Jersey State Governor


April 1, 2002

STATE OF NEW JERSEY
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

Proclamation

WHEAREAS, April 24th is the traditional day to remember Armenians who died in 1915, fighting for the rights of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience; and,

WHEAREAS, this day serves as an important reminder prompting us to renew our vigilance against tyranny and promote the principles of human dignity and human rights worldwide; and

WHEREAS, the Armenian American people have a proud heritage and continue to make valuable contributions to the cultural, economic, social and political development of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate that we join with the Armenian American community in New Jersey to commemorate the memory of the victims, in hopes that we, as a state and as individual citizens, will strive to overcom prejudice, hatred and indifference through learning, tolerance and remembrance;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, do herby proclaim

APRIL 24, 2002

As

ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY


in New Jersey.

GIVEN, under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey, this first day of April in the year of Our Lord two thousand two and of the Independence of the United States, the two hundred and twenty-sixth.

(Signed)
James E. McGreevey
GOVERNOR

BY THE GOVERNOR:
(Signed)
REGENA L. THOMAS,
SECRETARY OF STATE