LOWELL, Mass.—A downtown procession and flag-raising ceremony recognizing the 94th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will take place Sat., April 25 in Lowell.
The event is being organized by the ANC of Merrimack Valley and will begin with a march throughout the downtown sector led by an honor guard representing the Lowell Armenian-American Veterans.
A program will follow on the steps of Lowell City Hall.
Invited guests include U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, 5th Congressional District; State Senator Steven Panagiotakos; and Mayor Edward C. Caulfield, who will deliver a proclamation on behalf of the city.
Members of the AYF and Armenian Christian Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) will join together in raising the Armenian flag in honor of the 1.5 million lives lost to the Ottoman Turkish Empire during 1915-23.
Others taking part follow: the Lowell Committee; Armenian Relief Societies of Lowell and Merrimack Valley; Merrimack Valley Knights of Vartan; Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Chelmsford; St. Gregory Church of North Andover; Armenian Church at Hye Point, Haverhill; and Ararat Congregational Church of Salem, N.H.
Those wishing to join the march are asked to gather at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Merrimack and John Streets downtown.
A reception will follow inside City Hall. The Ani Ensemble will provide a musical interlude.