Amb. Evans to Speak in Chicago at Genocide Commemoration

CHICAGO, Ill.—Former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Marshall Evans, a highly respected Foreign Service officer and international affairs expert, will be the guest speaker at a commemorative event on April 21. The title of his talk is “The Question of Justice.”

John Evans

Evans served as U.S. ambassador to Armenia from September 2004 to September 2006. In February 2005, while back in the U.S. visiting Armenian American communities, he made the following now-notorious statement: “I will today call it the Armenian Genocide. I think we, the U.S. government, owe you, our fellow citizens, a more frank and honest way of discussing this problem.” As a result of his integrity and courage to speak out on the Armenian Genocide, Evans was recalled from his position as ambassador to Armenia in May 2006 and subsequently “retired” from the U.S. Foreign Service after a distinguished career of over 30 years.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Armenian All Saints Church and Community Center, 1701 N. Greenwood Rd. in Glenview. It is free and open to the public.

5 Comments on Amb. Evans to Speak in Chicago at Genocide Commemoration

  1. avatar Bryan Haserjian // April 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm // Reply

    Just another day. But remember the Turkish Massacres– approx 1.5 million killed!

    Bryan Haserjian

  2. Amb. John Evans is an honest and well respected politician and will be
    never forgotten by the Armenians and their forthcoming generations. Mr.Evans May God Bless You and Your Family as you deserve to be the President of this
    great country, Amen.

  3. I highly respect Ambassador John Evans. It is sheer shame that he was recalled from his position as Ambassador to Armenia just because he called spade a spade. Meaning, he used the right word of saying it a Genocde, in reference to the Armenian Genocide.

  4. avatar Sylva-Md-Poetry // April 20, 2012 at 3:21 am // Reply

    Thanks for inviting this Honest Human
    I wish I could attend…
    Wishing all attenders to see his honest face and hear his clear speech…
    I am sending my hearty soulful stanzas for his braveness…!


    Ambassador John Evans*

    America is the symbol of freedom,
    Country signs human rights,
    Country is open for every religion…race…
    Country’s pride in its fairness…shines.

    Nobody can change “Evans,”
    From Greek name chants…debates,
    Equalization is centurial real mean;
    Hence, no superiority takes its scene.

    His name proved his carried crane;
    He acts evenly, relieves scorns, ethnic pain.
    No-one could ever engulf to turn him insane.
    Even scimitars still dangle beside new Turk men.

    In the seventeen century,
    Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639) announced,
    “An Ambassador is an honest gentleman,
    sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.”

    EVANS…He is real ‘ambassador and humane’.
    He could not shelter well-known atrocities of 1915
    By clouding his dignified fan and pretend
    that genocide never had horrific rain.

    He believes in eternity,
    He is the author of justice and equality:
    His ‘Inborn Humanity’ can never replace
    his ambassadorial vanity.

    He has been fired from hurricane sites
    To our sincere, welcome trustful hearts,
    To be remembered by honest ancestries’ of Gomidas**,
    Praising his name by Mashtotsian alphabets on angelic shrines.

    June 6, 2006


  5. avatar MIKE ADAJIAN // April 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm // Reply

    ” When asked about the harm America suffers for not calling the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a genocide, Evans responded with a forceful message:

    ‘ We are losing face by agreeing to Turkey’s denial.

    The whole world knows of Turkey’s cover-up but this is no time to stop
    in the noble task to attain justice.

    Progress comes slow.

    Now 22 countries are on record that it was genocide, and 44 states—including Michigan—recognize the truth.

    Don’t stop now. ‘



    Chicago, USA

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