Whereas, many Armenians, including some who reside in Utah, will pay tribute to the 1.5 million victims of genocide on Armenian Martyr Day; and
Whereas, understanding the plight of the Armenian genocide, and educating the public, is one step toward eliminating possible future genocides; and
Whereas, the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir has undertaken an enormous task to turn an invited visit into a humanitarian cause benefiting the Armenian people; and
Whereas, Utahns have the capacity and resources to make a difference in the lives of the Armenian people; and
Whereas, the Choir's visit provides Utahns with a rare opportunity to experience "one degree of separation" thus putting a face on the donor recipients in an humanitarian cause;
Now, Therefore, I, Michael O. Leavitt, Governor of the state of Utah, do hereby proclaim April 2001, as Armenian Awareness Month in Utah.
[signed] Michael O. Leavitt