Armenian Heritage Monument in Troy, New York

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Subject:The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and their descendents. The Heritage Monument is an expression of gratitude to the citizens of Troy, New York for welcoming our parents and grandparents, making it possible for them to live, work, prosper and raise their families in peace. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Inscription, Park
Sponsor(s):Knights and Daughters of Vartan – Davros Lodge and Shakeh Otyag
Architect/Designer/Artist:Design by Ara Altounian; Illustration by Valerie Altounian
Placement:Freestanding sculpture in a prime public park. Solid granite monumental sculpture, with artwork and inscription.
Physical Setting:Slightly elevated Hudson riverfront park
Tourist Amenities:Yes
Physical Condition:New inscribed granite monument
Inscription:DEDICATED TO THE VICTIMS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915 AND THE SURVIVORS WHO SETTLED IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF TROY KNIGHTS AND DAUGHTERS OF VARTAN
Location:Located on downtown River Street
Troy, New York United States
Location Description:Hudson Riverfront Park
Construction Began:December 9, 2011
Construction Completed:Completed on December 7, 2012
Dedication Date:April 7, 2013
Development/Construction Process:Troy City Council originally approved the resolution for the placement of the Armenian Heritage Monument in September 2005. The project was delayed with the start of the redevelopment of the Riverfront Park. The ground Consecration Service was held on December 9, 2011. Ara Altounian and Ralph Enokian, Co-chairmen of the Monument Committee.
History of Ownership:Being on public land, the Armenian Heritage Monument is owned by the City of Troy, New York. The Knights and Daughters of Vartan spearheaded the Heritage Monument project. This is the first Armenian Heritage Monument that has been exclusively sponsored and erected by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan on public city property.
Commemorative Activities:Annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration Services on April 24.
Notable Visitors:Past and present Troy mayors, local NY State legislators and members of Congress, various clergy, Grand Commanders and Matrons of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan.

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