Four Armenian Los Angeles residents honored for community contributions
We are sending this note as part of our ongoing work to learn more about the wonderful diversity of our staff and those we serve:
Armenian culture and its customs go far back in history. Armenians are often characterized as hospitable, friendly, and kind people who respect elders, have a gentle attitude to children, and have strong family values.
Armenian History Month is recognized annually each April to pay tribute to the Armenian community in a celebration of history and culture and in recognition of the community’s struggle for inclusion and equity.
Los Angeles is home to the largest Armenian population in the world outside of Armenia. This year, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who serves the residents of LA County’s 5th Supervisorial District, named four honorees of Armenian heritage in recognition of their contributions and positive impact across Los Angeles County. Sona Von, co-founder of a non-profit medical group with various locations serving the indigent, Al Cabraloff, a member of the Armenian Education Foundation, Ronald Altoon, an internationally renowned architect and board member of several higher education institutions, and Miriam Kuregyan, a lawyer and dedicated volunteer who has supported many causes, including helping women affected by domestic violence.
The month of April holds significant meaning for the Armenian community because of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, also known as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day. It is a public holiday in Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh and is observed each year on April 24th to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Beginning on April 24, 1915, Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were deported from Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). This roundup is commemorated today by Armenians as the beginning of the genocide. Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were deported, dehumanized, and massacred through starvation, exposure to epidemics that raged in concentration camps, and sheer brutality. By the end of 1923, 1.5 million Armenians had been killed, roughly 70 percent of the total Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire.
Learn more about the Armenian Genocide HERE
We join the Armenian Community for Armenian History Month and Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day to remember and memorialize the loss of so many, and as we remain ever vigilant against the destructive influence of hate in all its forms. We recognize and value the vast contributions of the Armenian community.
June Simmons and the Executive Team