April 28, 2009
Be it known to all that we, the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives, join in Recognizing the 94th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. On April 24, 1915 a campaign was launched by the Turkish regime of the Ottoman Empire against the Armenian people, resulting in the death of more than 1.5 million Armenians. Some of the survivors settled in the State of Maine and their heirs have made significant contributions to the state. We join our citizens of Armenian heritage on April 24th in remembering this event, and we express our deepest sympathy for the families of those who perished; And be it ordered that this official expression of sentiment be sent forthwith on behalf of the 124st Legislature and the people of the State of Maine.
(Signed) Elizabeth H. Mitchell, President of the Senate; Hannah M. Pingree, Speaker of the House; Joy J. O’Brien, Secretary of the Senate; Millicent M. MacFarland, Clerk of the House
Sponsored by: Senator Brannigan of Cumberland County
Cosponsored by: Speaker Pingree of North Haven & President Mitchell of Kennebec County