April 24, 2003
Office of the Mayor
City of Fort Lauderdale
WHEREAS, One and one-half million Armenians were massacred through forced exile and murder at the end of the Ottoman Empire; and
WHEREAS, demonizing others lays the foundation for a dark cycle of hatred and transcending this venomous pattern requires painful introspection about the past and wise determination to forge a new future based on truth and reconciliation; and
WHEREAS, Armenians have made great contribution to our national life and through faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their centuries-old culture, traditions, and religion; and
WHEREAS, just as the United States reached out to the Armenian people to provide shelter and freedom early in the last century, so did Armenia extend a supportive hand to the American people in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001.
NOW, THEREFORE, WE, as City Commissioners of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2003 as:
in the City of Fort Lauderdale this, the 24th day of April 2003.
Jim Naugle, Mayor