Town of Mint Hill
April 24, 2007
[Emblem of Town of Mint Hill, North Carolina]
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 2007 marks the 92nd 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 Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2007 as
"ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY"
in Mint Hill, North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
WITNESS MY HAND and official Seal of the Town of Mint Hill.
[Seal of Town of Mint Hill, N.C.] [Signature of Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor]