An Armenian Genocide memorial was dedicated at Sunset Park, Las Vegas Saturday, November 14, to commemorate the 1.5 million Armenians who were exterminated by the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923.
The monument is a replica of the Tzizernakapert one that was dedicated in 1965 in Yerevan, Armenia. It’s made out of precast concrete and has 12 pillars, which represent the 12 provinces where Armenians were massacred, as well as a bench and dedication plaque on an adjacent boulder.
The more than 200 attendees also had a moment of silence at the monument unveiling to pay tribute to the 129 people who were killed by terrorists in Paris on Friday, Las Vegas Review Journal says.
“The Armenian-American community in Las Vegas is donating this memorial monument at Sunset Park to the people of Southern Nevada so new generations remember the tragic history in order not to repeat such terrible deeds in the future,” said Adroushan Andy Armenian, honorary consul of the Republic of Armenia in Las Vegas.
The Armenian community in Las Vegas funded the project’s design and construction and will ensure its upkeep. The Clark County Commission approved the placement of the memorial in Sunset Park per those conditions.
At the conclusion of the unveiling, children and old placed carnations on the monument as a tribute to those who died.