Connecticut State Governor

April 25, 2009

State of Connecticut
By Her Excellency M. Jodi Rell, Governor: an

Official Statement

WHEREAS, the Armenian genocide was a horrific, senseless persecution of millions of innocent Armenian citizens, during which perhaps as much as half of the population of Armenian was exterminated; and

WHEREAS, it is Critical that we recognize and condemn the Armenian genocide and

WHEREAS, the history of the Armenian genocide offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies and governments; and WHEREAS, each year, Armenians throughout the world honor those who perished from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of the State of Connecticut should always remember the terrible events of the Armenian Genocide and remain vigilant against hatred, persecution and tyranny; and

WHEREAS, the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide each year provides an opportunity for people to reflect upon our own humanity and the need to respect all peoples; now

THEREFORE, I, M Jodi Rell, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2009, as


in the State of Connecticut, in recognition of the 94th Commemoration of the Armenian genocide and in memory of its victims, survivors, rescuers and liberators.

M. Jodi Rell