A Message From
Our Pastor, Very Rev. Fr. Papken Anoushian
At Ellis Island on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

“Ladies and Gentlemen:

Today, we are here, at this historic site to remember one and a half million holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide which was designed and executed by the Turkish government of 1915.

Today, we are here, to remember our Armenian forefathers and foremothers, who by the grace of the Providence, survived the Armenian Genocide carried out by the barbarous Turks and found a safe harbor in the United States of America, the land of the free and home of the brave, as she has been portrayed in the Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem of the United States of America.

Today, we are here, to thank the United States of America and her citizens, who embraced the Armenians, the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Turks.

Today, we are here, to remember the memory of and pay tribute to President Woodrow Wilson, who ardently supported the Armenians in their just cause, against the bloodthirsty Turkish government of 1915.

Today, we are here, to remember and pay respect to the memory of the American Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, who did everything to stop the Armenian Genocide that was being carried out by the murderous Turkish state of 1915.

Today, we are here, to remember James L. Barton and Cleveland H. Dodge who spearheaded the American Committee for Armenian Relief, which was formed in 1915 and which later became Near East Relief.

It was through the efforts of the United States of America, through her relief projects that in the words of the American historian Howard M. Sachar “…an entire nation was kept alive.”

We are here today, to thank our allies in the current Congress of the United States of America, our true friends, who chose the truth over Turkish lies and support the passage of the resolution for the Armenian Genocide.

The current Turkish state is in a euphoric denial mindset, they still deny carrying out the Armenian Genocide, even when the world started shouting from rooftops that, “Yes, it did happen, we witnessed it. Our state archives attest to it. Turkey, stop denying the Armenian Genocide.”

Turkish lies will collapse, because it is based on evil.

Evil cannot win. It is against the nature of everything that God created. ┬áIn the Holy Bible we read after each act of creation by God, “…and God saw that it was good.”

Today, we are here, to thank our beloved President Mr. Barack Obama, for sending the Treasury Secretary, Mr. Jacob J. Lew to Armenia to represent the United States of America and participate in the remembrance ceremonies dedicated to one and a half million Armenians who were butchered by the barbarian Turks of 1915.

We are here today, to thank the forty three (43) states of our beloved country, America, which accepted the Armenian Genocide.

Yes, we are grateful to America. And, America attests to the fact that we, the Armenians, are peaceful and law abiding citizens.

America attests to the fact that we, the Armenians, are productive members of the American society.

America attests to the fact that we, the Armenians, enhanced and contributed to the American Arts and Sciences, medicine, the legal system and the American economy.

America attests to fact that we, the Armenians, are generous to the American community around us and to her charitable and educational institutions.

We are proud to be American citizens, and will always remain faithful to her priceless ideals and principles that respect inalienable rights of her citizens and peoples all over the world.

America, please accept the heartfelt gratitude of the children of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

God Bless America!