Armenian Genocide Centennial

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April 24, 2015 marked the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. This important anniversary was marked around the world in many different ways.


  • Kim Kardashian and her family visited the genocide memorial Tsitsernakaberd in Yerevan a week before the centennial.
  • System of a Down played a free concert in Republic Square as the final show of their genocide related Waking the Souls tour.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Armenians walked to the genocide monument to lay flowers at the eternal flame.
  • Echmiadzin held a ceremony canonizing the 1.5 million victims of the genocide, making them saints.

United States

  • Los Angeles saw a march of over 130,000 people who walked 6 miles from Little Armenia (in Hollywood) to the Turkish Consulate in the Miracle Mile/Grove area, shutting down much of the city to traffic. The Los Angeles Civic Center was illuminated purple at night for over a week, with a large installation of genocide survivor photos by Ara Oshagan in Grand Park in front of City Hall.
  • New York saw a large demonstration in Times Square, that was held on April 27th.
  • San Francisco's city hall was lit in red, blue and orange at night for the centennial.


  • Paris saw the Eiffel Tower lights shut off at night.
  • Rome saw the lights at the Coluseum shut off at night.
  • The Vatican saw the pope hold a special mass for the victims of the genocide about a week before, with the Armenian president and the Catholicos' present.


  • Istanbul saw a demonstration of Armenians, Turks and Kurds among others, remembering the genocide.