April 7, 2006
Governor of the State of Florida
Armenian Martyrs' Day
WHEREAS, the Ottoman Turks were responsible for a mass extermination of an estimated one and a half million Armenians that began April 24, 1915 and continued until 1923; and
WHEREAS, recognition of this tragedy educates people about genocide and may prevent future occurrences of genocides; and
WHEREAS, this resolution calls for "the people of the United States to observe such day as a day of remembrence for all the victims of genocide, especially those of Armenian ancestry"; and
WHEREAS, Armenians contribute richly to Florida's social mosaic and add to our political, educational and economic development;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeb Bush, Governor of the state of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing April 24, 2006 as Armenian Martyrs' Day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the state of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 7th day of April in the year two thousand six.