PROVIDENCE, RI – Saturday April 24eAs news spread that President Biden had acknowledged the Armenian Genocide, a group of 15 members of the Providence ARF gathered at the Armenian Martyrs Monument at the entrance to the city’s northern burials.
President Paul Haroian welcomed the participants and spoke about the importance of the April 24 meeting.e.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the following sister organizations: Providence AYF-YOARF, Providence ARS “Ani” and “Arax” Chapters, Homenetmen Providence and Hamazkayin with ARF.
In her closing remarks, ARF member Ani Haroian spoke about the path of recognition and the pursuit of justice. “Our work is far from over,” she said. “In fact, this is only just beginning as we seek reparations for our land and then pay for so many other losses and hardships that we have endured over the past 106 years,” she said. concluded.
Reverend P. Kapriel Nazarian of Sts. The Armenian Apostolic Church in Vartanantz conducted a short prayer service for martyrs at the site that buried the skull of a child who perished in the genocide.