Famous Armenians of Las Vegas include Kirk Kerkorian, who built or owned many of the mega-casinos and hotels, Andre Agassi, the tennis star, and Jerry Tarkanian, the basketball coach, one of whose sons entered Vegas politics.
In central Las Vegas there is a small residential street named Kassabian Ave.
Armenian National Committee of Nevada
P.O. Box 30943
Las Vegas, NV 89173-1028
PRESS RELEASE +++ PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Contact: Ara Shirinian
Tel: (702) 496-4985
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MEMORIAL TO BE BUILT IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - The Armenian Community of Las Vegas, Nevada is pleased to announce the formation of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee comprised of local Armenians dedicated to the erection of an Armenian Genocide Memorial in Las Vegas.
After several meetings with Mayor Oscar Goodman and Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, wife of famous UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, the Committee is pleased to announce the commitment of the City of Las Vegas to dedicate land located in Centennial Plaza in downtown Las Vegas on the corner of Fourth & Lewis Streets, between the Clark County Courthouse and the United States District Court House. Mayor Goodman announced Las Vegas’ commitment and the location of the Memorial at the annual April 24 commemoration, which was also attended by all three Nevada Congressmen, Rep. Porter, Rep. Berkley and Rep. Gibbons, as well as a representative from Senator John Ensign’s office.
The site selected for the new Armenian Genocide Memorial is a well traversed area in a business and legal district near the famous Fremont Street Experience, a very fitting location for a monument of such importance. It will be seen by thousands of people a day, which makes it very unique among Armenian Genocide memorials, which are often located in remote parks or upon church property. It is important for all Armenians across the United States to support this important Monument, which will serve to educate Armenians and non-Armenians alike of the horrors of the Armenian Genocide.
The budget for this historical Monument has been set at $150,000. The Committee is also accepting designs for the new Memorial. Interested applicants should contact Abe Kassamanian at (702) 260-0899 for further information. Tax deductible donations are also being accepted. Please make your checks made payable to:
- “Las Vegas Genocide Memorial Fund”, Bank West of Nevada
- 2890 N. Green Valley Parkway,
- Henderson, NV 89014
The Las Vegas Armenian Genocide Memorial may be the most important and most seen Armenian Genocide monument to be planned by the Armenian community in the United States. We urge all Armenians to show their support by donating to the erection of the Memorial.
- Malvine Papazian Handjian (Genocide Survivor in Vegas)