“The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago,” the statement said. White House for her Remembrance Day Genocide of the Armenians. This announcement is the first official recognition of the genocide by the US government.
As the White House statement notes, “Every year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and we pledge to prevent such violence again. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul by the Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, slaughtered, or executed in a campaign of extermination. We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern (Great Crime), so that the atrocities that took place then will never be lost in history. “And we remember to always be vigilant against the corrosive effect of hatred in all its forms.”
Continuing, the White House clarifies that it made this move in order to recognize history and ensure that this will not happen again in the future. The announcement states that the goal is not to make accusations but to acknowledge the pain and confirm the story. “Today, as we mourn what has been lost, let us also turn our eyes to the future – to the world we want to build for our children. A world that is not stigmatized by the evil of intolerance, where human rights are respected and where all people can live their lives with dignity and security. “Let us renew our common determination to prevent future atrocities anywhere in the world.”
These incidents have been recognized as genocide by a total of 29 countries, while Turkey still denies that these massacres and persecutions meet the necessary criteria to be categorized as genocide. For decades, American presidents have been accustomed to issuing a proclamation on “Armenian Remembrance Day” on April 24, without, however, mentioning the controversial term of the genocide. So far, the only president to dare to use the word was Ronald Reagan during a public opening ceremony for the Holocaust Museum in Washington. It is recalled that Barack Obama had also acknowledged in the run-up to the election that this was genocide. However, he did not utter the word even once during his tenure. Joe Biden is the first president to dare to take the next step, officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide.