April 24, 2000
Town of Matthews, North Carolina
Office of the Mayor
WHEREAS, between 1915-1923 the deaths of more than one and one-half million Christian Armenians and the deportation of countless other Armenians took place by the Ottoman Empire; and
WHEREAS, during the atrocity, Armenians were forced to witness the slaughter to their relatives and the loss of their ancestral homeland; and
WHEREAS, Ancestral lands taken by Ottoman Turks have not been returned to the Armenian people, nor have the Armenians received compensation for their losses; and
WHEREAS, Armenians have traditionally designated April 24th as Armenian Martyrs Day, in recognition and remembrance of those who died; and
WHEREAS, the year 2000 marks the 85th Anniversary of this tragedy; and
WHEREAS, it is important to remember history so that mistakes of the past are not repeated in future generations;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, R. Lee Myers, Mayor of the Town of Matthews, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2000 as
ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY
in Matthews, and encourage all citizens to honor this observance.
WITNESS MY HAND and official seal of the Town of Mathews.
R Lee Myers - Mayor