April 24, 2008
WHEREAS, between 1915-1923 the deaths of more than one and one-half million Christian Armenians and the deportation of countless other Armenians took place by the Ottoman Empire; and
WHEREAS, during this atrocity, Armenians witnessed the loss of their relatives and ancestral homeland; and
WHEREAS, ancestral lands taken by the Ottoman Turks have not been returned to the Armenian people, and the struggle for cultural heritage continues; and
WHEREAS, Armenians have traditionally designated April 24th as Armenian Martyrs Day, in recognition and remembrance of those who died; and
WHEREAS, the year 2008 marks the 93rd Anniversary of this tragedy; and
WHEREAS, it is important to remember history so that mistakes of the past are not repeated in future generations.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jill Swain, Mayor of the Town of Huntersville, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2008 as ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY in Huntersville, North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
WITNESS my hand and the official Seal of the Town of Huntersville.
[Seal of the Town of Huntersville, North Carolina]