April is Armenian History Month

Last Updated April 7, 2023

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Armenian History Month is recognized annually each April to honor the unique culture and societal contributions of the Armenian community, and to also commemorate on April 24th, the more than 1 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that today roughly 1.2 million Armenian Americans live in the United States. Los Angeles, California is home to the largest Armenian population in the world outside of Armenia, with an estimated 214,628 living in the county. In April 2021, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn to honor L.A. County’s Armenian community by proclaiming April as Armenian History Month. 

Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the Board of Supervisors Proclaims Armenian Genocide Day of Remembrance

Notable Armenian Americans you should know:

  • Adrin Nazarian, the former 46th District Assemblymember – He sponsored CA AB 1801, which permanently designates April 24 each year as a state holiday in observance of Genocide Remembrance.
  • Anna Der-Vantanian, the first female master chief petty officer in the U.S Navy – She was awarded the National Defense Medal and is remembered for blazing a path for women in the United States military.
  • Jirayr Zorthian, an Armenian American artist – He is a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, has 42 murals throughout the United States, and in 1989 was voted by the people “Best Artist of Pasadena”.

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We join the Armenian Community for Armenian History Month to recognize and value the vast contributions of the Armenian community.

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