April 24, 1990
CITY OF MEMPHIS
PROCLAMATION BY THE MAYOR
WHEREAS, Seventy-five years ago, millions of Armenians fled in terror from their ancient homeland and one and one-half million Armenians were massacred; and
WHEREAS, Although the survivors of this massacre were scattered to all parts of the world, they have maintained their identity and unity through their church, passing along to each generation not only a strong Christian faith but a knowledge of their language, history and culture; and
WHEREAS, The heroic struggles of the Armenian people inspire and challenge us to cherish and preserve the freedom that is ours; and
WHEREAS, It is fitting that we pause to honor the memory of those martyred and pay tribute to the many thousands of Armenians who are now an integral part of our nation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Richard C. Hackett, Mayor of the City of Memphis, Tennessee, do hereby proclaim April 24, 1990 as
ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY
In our city to commemorate this tragic event in world history and to strengthen our commitment to the cause of liberty and justice in this and all other nations of the world.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Memphis to be affixed this 24th day of April, 1990.
Richard C. Hackett