Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall released the following statement regarding the importance of commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide:
“Tomorrow marks the 95th anniversary of the campaign of genocide against the Armenian people. In just eight years, beginning in 1915, more than half of the Armenian population was murdered – one and a half million men, women, and children – and a half million more were forced into exile.
“Tomorrow, commemorations will be held in countries all over the world, with all of them sending out a common message: ‘We shall never forget this atrocity. ’ It is because of the organized efforts of the Armenian community that every year so many people come together to remember those who suffered and to ensure that younger generations draw lessons from this enormous tragedy.
“After the events of 1915, we said ‘never again. ’ We haven’t kept faith with those words in the years since – but we must keep faith with them now. I thank all of those around the world, who continue to keep alive the memory of the atrocities of 95 years ago and who remind us all that by working together, we can make a difference in the world today. ”