Armenian-American Youth to Gather in N.J. on the Eve of Times Square Genocide Commemoration

NEW YORK—Hundreds of Armenian-American youth will gather once again in a show of solidarity on the eve of the Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration for a remembrance event held on April 21, at City Perch in Fort Lee, N.J. Popular Canadian-Armenian singer Elie Berberian will make a special appearance.

Hundreds of Armenian-American youth will gather once again in a show of solidarity on the eve of the Times Square Armenian Genocide Commemoration for a remembrance event held on April 21, at City Perch in Fort Lee, N.J. (Photo: Anahid Kaprielian)

This annual event, sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, is now in its fourth year and unites Armenian youth and young professionals from the New York metro area to observe the Armenian Genocide and also have a chance to network and spend time with their fellow Armenian peers.

“As the next generation we need to make sure we have a strong presence every year at Times Square to commemorate the Armenian Genocide,” said Jirair Khorozian, a member of the Knights of Vartan. “By hosting this event the day before the commemoration, we’re able to spread the word and gain enthusiasm for all of us to be present at Times Square.”

An integral member of that next generation is Elie Berberian, who has succeeded in connecting with his generation of Armenian youth while also honoring the musical traditions of the past. Berberian himself encourages all Armenians to play a part in their cultural preservation.

“Every nation outside of its roots is suffering,” said Berberian in a recent interview. “There has to be more effort. Instead of saying “it’s dark,” light a cultural candle in your house. Wherever you walk, let flowers bloom.”

The evening will feature music, drinks and food along with camaraderie and dialogue. The Knights and Daughters of Vartan, an international organization that has been sponsoring the Times Square Commemoration in New York since 1985, welcomes the attendance of all Armenians at the youth event and the commemoration on April 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Times Square. Several politicians and elected officials will pay tribute to the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and speak of recent developments regarding genocide recognition.

“We are fortunate to inherit such meaningful and influential events such as the Times Square Commemoration,” said committee member Taleen Babayan. “It’s our duty now to show strength in numbers and come together in harmony and conviction.”

The youth event will take place on April 21, from 8 p.m. to midnight at City Perch (2023 Hudson Street, Fort Lee, N.J.). Please visit 100yearsandbeyond.eventbrite.com for tickets and more information. Full bar available and private space reserved.

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Taleen Babayan

Taleen Babayan earned her masters in journalism from Columbia University in 2008 and her bachelors degree in history and international relations from Tufts University in 2006. Her work has been published widely in both Armenian and non-Armenian media. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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