City of Philadelphia


November 16, 1989

COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF CLERK
ROOM 402, CITY HALL
PHILADELPHIA

RESOLUTION NO. 641

RESOLUTION

Commemorating April 24, 1990, as "National Day of Remembrance of the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923."

WHEREAS, During the period leading to the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman leaders promulgated anti-Armenian policies, including mass deportation of Armenians; and,

WHEREAS, These policies resulted in the systematic annihilation, through massacres, disease, and starvation, of a large segment of the Armenian population; and,

WHEREAS, 1.5 Million men, women and children of Armenian ancestry were victims of the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire during the years 1915 through 1923; and,

WHEREAS, Armenians have historical roots and a national identity dating back three thousand years in what is now eastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, and south-central Soviet Union; and,

WHEREAS, Armenians have distinctive linguistic and religious heritage within the Christian tradition; therefore,

Resolved, by the Council of the City of Philadelphia, That we observe April 24, 1990 as a day of remembrance for the victims of the Armenian genocide, and in their memory this date is commemorated by all Armenian-Americans and their friends throughout Philadelphia.

CERTIFICATION: This is a true and correct copy of the original Resolution adopted by the Council of the City of Philadelphia on the sixteenth day of November, 1989.

(SIGNED)
Joseph E. Coleman
President of City Council

ATTEST:

(SIGNED)
Chief Clerk of the Council


Introduced by
W. THACHER LONGSTRETH

Sponsors
JOSEPH E. COLEMAN
W. THACHER LONGSTRETH
LUCIEN E. BLACKWELL
GEORGE R. BURRELL, JR.
AUGUSTA A. CLARK
DAVID COHEN
JACK P. KELLY
JOAN L. KRAJEWSKI
ANN J. LAND
BRIAN J. O'NEILL
ANGEL L. ORTIZ
FRANCIS RAFFERTY
JOHN F. STREET
MARIAN B. TASCO
JAMES J. TAYOUN
ANNA C. VERNA