April 28, 2020
Whereas, the Armenian Genocide was conceived and carried out from 1915 to 1923, resulting in the death of Christians, Assyrians, Greeks, and Armenian men, women, and children who were murdered or marched to their deaths; and
Whereas, these crimes against humanity also had the consequence of deportation of nearly 2,000,000 Armenians, removing all traces of the Armenians and other targeted people from their historic homelands, and enriching the opposing side with the lands and property of the victims; and
Whereas, the United States is on record of having officially recognized the Armenian Genocide, when on April 22, 1981, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in Proclamation 4838 said, “Like the genocide of the Armenian’s before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it-and like too many other such persecutions of too many other peoples-the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten”; and
Whereas, the citizens of Irvine and the Armenians throughout the world are commemorating and recognizing the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
Now, Therefore, the City Council of the City of Irvine Does Hereby Proclaim April 24, 2020 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.