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Statement by Drew Johnson, Candidate for Clark County Commission, District F, on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

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April 24, 2022

Statement by Drew Johnson, Candidate for Clark County Commission District F, on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

I join in solemnly commemorating the Meds Yeghern and honoring the memory of those murdered during the Turkish genocide of the Armenian people.

In 2019, my wife and I spent a day at Tsitsernakaberd – the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Yerevan. With Mount Ararat standing in the distance, we reflected, mourned, and prayed for the souls of the 1.5 million victims of the genocide.

That day will be etched in my mind forever. It began a personal journey of reading about the martyrs, as well as learning about the brave heroes who survived to fight on the side of freedom during World War I.

Clark County is blessed by the Armenian-Americans who enrich our community with a beautiful culture and a rich history. But we must never forget the tragic history that brought so many of their ancestors to the United States.

Today, we celebrate the resolve of Armenian people – those in Armenia, in America, and across the world. We recognize the Turkish people who are working to reconcile the wrongs of the past and the Armenians who are trying to heal and forgive.

Most importantly, we honor the memory of those lost, and encourage greater awareness of this horrific event in human history.

Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Atrocities like the Meds Yeghern must always be remembered, both to honor the victims and to prevent such evils in the future.

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