Kansas State Governor


April 20, 2005

TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:


WHEREAS, today is a day for Kansas to join in remembrance of a human tragedy that stands as a reminder for us to strive for a future of peace, prosperity and freedom for all; and

WHEREAS, today marks the ninetieth anniversary of the genocide and deportations of countless Armenians in Ottoman Turkey; this great sorrow continues to haunt not only Armenians but also their neighbors in Turkey; and

WHEREAS, we are reminded that the suffering of the Armenian people from 1915-1923 was a tragedy which the world should not forget and applauds efforts of Armenia and Turkey to come together to consider these events and their significance; and

WHEREAS, Kansas also wishes these countries success as they build on their recent achievements and encourages them to continue to work together in a spirit of hope and understanding; and

WHEREAS, Kansas remembers those who perished and suffered, we also salute the modern nation of Armenia, and Armenians everywhere. Kansas is grateful for the contributions of Armenian Americans who have chosen Kansas as their adopted home. They have employed wisdom, courage and centuries old traditions to enrich the character of our state through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government and the arts; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, on behalf of the people of Kansas, send solemn wishes to the Armenian people on this day of remembrance, and do hereby proclaim April 24, 2005, as

Armenian Remembrance Day

in Kansas, and urge all citizens to join in this observance. Our state and the Armenian nation stand together, with our partnership of peace, prosperity and freedom.

DONE: At the Capitol in Topeka under the Great Seal of the State this 20th day of April, A.D. 2005

BY THE GOVERNOR