April 24, 2003
WHEREAS, One and one-half million men, women, and children of Armenian descent were the victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and
WHEREAS, The Armenian genocide and massacres of Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization over 3,000 years old; and
WHEREAS, The denial of the Armenian genocide by the present-day Turkish government continues to antagonize the Armenians, South Carolinians are highly sensitive to the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and
WHEREAS, South Carolina is home to hundreds of Armenian families; and
WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans living in South Carolina have greatly enriched our State through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert D. Coble, Mayor of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, along with my fellow members of Columbia City Council, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2003 as
in the City of Columbia.
Robert D. Coble