LITTLE ARMENIA -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and his Council colleagues, as well as state and federal dignitaries, recently unveiled the Armenian Genocide Memorial Square to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The new memorial square is located at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Western Ave. in Council District 13, and serves as a symbol that the City of Los Angeles recognizes the history of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the impact the event had on the Armenian community. Dozens of people joined several City Councilmembers, the City Attorney, and the City Controller for the unveiling event.
“The designation of this square is a momentous occasion with a message to be echoed globally,” said O’Farrell, who represents the only Little Armenia in Hollywood. “The City of Los Angeles resolutely acknowledges and remembers the Armenian Genocide and sets an example to follow for our federal government and to those internationally who have not yet done so.”
The Genocide was committed by Ottoman Turkey in 1915, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred and another half million were driven from their ancestral homeland.
Councilmember O’Farrell, who represents the 13th District, first introduced the motion to direct staff to install signs at Hollywood Blvd and Western Ave, back in February 2015. The marker is located in Little Armenia -- the only officially designated Little Armenia neighborhood in the United States. Greater Los Angeles is also home to the largest population of Armenian-Americans in the United States.
The March for Justice immediately followed the unveiling and was the second largest march in Los Angeles history. Over 130,000 people, including city council members, community leaders, and government officials, walked to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. Marchers walked a total of six miles from Sunset Blvd. and Western Ave. to the Turkish Consulate to put pressure on the United States and Turkish governments to recognize the Genocide.
“Let this day mark our resolve and commitment to remain vigilant to ensure that the current generation remains determined to prevent future genocides from ever happening again,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “Let today’s events mark for all people, in Los Ángeles and beyond, a day of remembrance, promise, and hope.”