Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide:
"Today, we mark the 97th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, remember the victims and honor the survivors of one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Too often, the truth of these horrific events has been denied. Yet the historical record is clear: from 1915 to 1923, the leaders of the Ottoman Empire conceived and carried out a genocide against the Armenian people.
"On this solemn occasion, we still hear the voices of the more than 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children silenced forever in what was called then a "campaign of race extermination.' We must heed their call to never forget their stories and to learn from this dark hour of history. Indeed, there is no greater tribute to their memories than our commitment to always act to prevent genocide in our time.
"If we ignore the mistakes of the past, then we are destined to repeat them. That's why it is critical, year in and year out, to reaffirm our dedication to recognizing the Armenian genocide and to placing the U.S. Congress firmly on the side of honesty in our history. The facts must not be up for debate; the Armenian genocide must no longer be cast aside without recognition. And on this anniversary, it is our responsibility to embrace the truth and build a brighter future for all Armenians."