April 21st 2017 BOSTON – State Representative David K. Muradian, Jr., (R-Grafton) joined with his colleagues in the House Chamber on April 21st, to host the 102nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Among the participating delegation were Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Representative Jonathan Hecht, Representative John Lawn, Representative Dave Rogers, Representative James Miceli, and Senator Will Brownsberger.
The ceremony began with the procession of sergeant-at-arms, elected officials and reverend clergy led by Homenetmen Scouts, followed by an invocation led by Pastor Joseph Garbedian of the First Armenian Church of Belmont. The children of St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School offered beautiful renditions of both the American and Armenian National Anthems. Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo welcomed the audience and the Armenian constituents in attendance. He spoke of the history of the genocide, urging the population to never forget the horrible acts of genocide which took place.
Serving as the Master of Ceremonies, Representative Muradian was able to address the audience and introduce the keynote speaker, Attorney General Maura Healey. He also presented a Proclamation on behalf of Governor Charlie Baker. The presentation of joint Senate/House Resolutions and the recognition of special guests followed, including other members of the Massachusetts Legislature, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, and family members of the late Massachusetts Speaker of the House, George Keverian.
“There is no mistake that we have a dark cloud hanging over our heritage. But we also have a ray of sunshine starting to shine through; our resiliency,” said Representative David Muradian. “We will never ever forget our history, and it is upon us to never let the world forget, either. But, it is also upon us to highlight out successes. Try as they might, the Young Turk Government FAILED. We are succeeding, and no one is going to stop us from being proud Armenians. Our heritage provides us with a burning desire to keep us going, to keep us striving to shine through that dark cloud.”
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to attend an informal reception in the Great Hall of Flags where Governor Baker had the opportunity to join everyone.