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Armenian Genocide Memorial site consecrated, Rose Parade float in works

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The site for the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial in Memorial Park was consecrated on April 27, 2014 with a blessing performed by Hovnan Derderian, Archbishop of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

The memorial, approved by the Pasadena City Council, will commemorate the 1.5 million men, women and children who died over a three-year period beginning in 1915 and to condemn all crimes against humanity. It will be completed in April, 2015, to mark the centennial of the beginning of the genocide.

In a related story, the American Armenian Rose Float Association, Inc. (AARFA) is sponsoring a 2015 Rose Parade float to celebrate American Armenians and their contributions to the nation, and to honor the 100th anniversary of the only Armenian-American Rose Parade Grand Marshal, M.S. Pashgian.

In a press release on Thursday, the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee said more than 700 people attended the ground blessing ceremony, federal, state and local elected officials and dignitaries from community organizations, churches and schools.

The colors were presented by HMEM Azadamard Chapter and U.S. District Court Judge Dickran M. Tevrizian (Ret.) served as Master of Ceremonies. Student speakers included Alex Berberian, a senior at Pasadena High School, and Daniel Mouradian, a freshman at AGBU High School.

Music was performed by Sahag Mesrob Armenian Christian School in Altadena and the Armenian General Benevolent Union High School in Pasadena, and poems were recited by Tagoui Arzoumanian and Eric Chilingazyan.

For more on the history of the Armenian Genocide and an artist’s concept of the memorial, read “Blessing the ground: Armenian Genocide Memorial in Pasadena.”

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Memorial procession
Memorial procession Courtesy of Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee

Memorial procession

Archbishops Hovnan Derderian (R) of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Moushegh Mardirossian (L) of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church lead a procession to consecrate the ground set aside for the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Pasadena’s Memorial Park.  Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is on the steps behind, to the right.

Consecrating the ground
Consecrating the ground Courtesy of Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee

Consecrating the ground

Federal, state and local elected officials and dignitaries from community organizations, churches and schools joined Archbishops Derderian and Mardirossian in consecrating the site for the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial, located on the north side of Memorial Park.  It will be completed in April, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the start of the genocide.

Sunset over Memorial Park
Sunset over Memorial Park Courtesy of Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee

Sunset over Memorial Park

More than 700 people attended the consecration of the ground for the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial on April 27 just before sunset.  The Armenian community has a long history in the Pasadena area, with M.S. Pashgian acting as Rose Parade Grand Marshal in 1915, the Balian family which provides stunning displays at Christmas, and many elected and law enforcement officials.  The American Armenian Rose Float Association, Inc. is sponsoring a 2015 Rose Parade float to celebrate American Armenians.

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