April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009, Memorial Day

The April 24 is the official Memorial Day in Armenia. On this day we pay a tribute to more than 1,500,000 victims of the Armenian Genocide.



Before you will see the photos I made when I was at the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on April 24, 2009, I would like to show you the video (Produced by ABC AUSTRALIA) and the comment I found at YouTube.com.



Here is the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n_OywOzPcQ&feature=fvw


The person who had places the video writes (you can find this comment on the right side of the video at YouTube.com):



"Journeyman Pictures (the person who placed the video)apologises for any offensive or vulgar comments left by viewers of this film - obviously they have nothing better to do!



The eviction and slaughter of over a million Armenians in Anatolia began in 1915. There's little doubt Turkey was behind this massive ethnic cleansing. Yet the Turkish government denies the historical facts.


Almost a century later, any mention of the genocide is still taboo.


A law designed to protect 'Turkishness' is used to sue those who challenge the official version. Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk was sent to prison for speaking out about his country's guilt.



More tragically, Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was recently murdered for his efforts to bridge the divide between both people. The father of his alleged killer claims that his son was only led astray "because he loves his country and his nation." Tens of thousands protested against nationalist violence after Dink's murder, but ultra-nationalism is still rife. Turkish MPs consider any hints to the genocide 'insulting' and authorities turn a blind eye to nationalist excesses.



The argument over the Armenian genocide stretches beyond Turkey's borders. As the country is a key ally in the Middle East, the US has avoided taking a clear stance on the subject. For the Armenian Foreign Minister, "the sense of tragedy is being exacerbated with every passing day Turkey continues to deny." Although it has caused enough sorrow, this festering hatred keeps claiming lives.




Produced by ABC Australia

Distributed by Journeyman Pictures"



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The Genocide Memorial is located on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd (means "the swallow castle") in Yerevan. It's not just a Memorial it's a huge complex, Museum-Institute, that aims to study, analysis the academic and scientific problems as well as exhibit the textual and visual documentation related to the first Genocide of the 20th century.



For more information about this institute visit: http://www.genocide-museum.am/



Every year on April 24 hundreds of thousands of Armenians and people of other nationalities go up the Tsitsernakaberd hill to put flowers at the Memorial.



April 24, The representatives of different nationalities are going up the hill to put flowers



After going up you will pass near a fir alley. The trees are planted by the members of foreign deligations...

... such us this one: 2004 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Nominee, Howard Dean, plants a tree at the Armenian Genocide Memorial, Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.



April 24, 2009, on the way to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex

So, we passed the alley and ...

April 24, 2009, the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex


...reached the Memorial Complex.



The complex consists of 12 slabs positioned in a circle, representing the 12 lost provinces in present day Turkey. In the center of the circle, at a depth of 1.5 meters, there is an eternal flame.



Near the slabs there is the 44 meter stele that symbolizes the national rebirth of Armenians.


So, people go inside those huge 12 slabs and put flowers around the eternal flame, so did I.
April 24, 2009, People puting flower around the eternal fire to remember the victims of Armenian Genocide.





We also went inside the main Museum where different photos, documents and videos show the horrible massacres of more than 1,500,000 Armenians by Turkey.


April 24, 2009, people watching the horrible photos of the massacre at the Armenian Genocide Museum Institue





April 24, 2009, people watching the horrible videos of the massacre at Armenian Genocide Museum Institue