Written by: Nerses Aposhian
Being an Armenian is what I am most proud of. Almost 100 years ago, my ancestors were targeted to be eradicated, but they survived. To this day, we continue to survive, grow and fight to ensure our history is recognized. 100 years ago, our ancestors never conceded. Although we lost more than 1.5 million lives, they fought to make sure Armenians weren’t wiped out from this world. They fought hard and they won. They won because we are still here today, stronger than ever.
But the fight must not stop now. For 100 years, generations of Armenians have fought to have countries around the world recognize the Armenian Genocide. We have won many of those battles and continue to fight the others. However, we must do more than just fight for our cause. We must educate the world about who Armenians are, where we come from, and what our history is like. We must educate them about our food, arts, music, leaders, religion and all other aspects of our culture. We have come a long way to give up now. Armenians are intelligent and diligent and we have the power to make change. We must come together to work towards this common goal of educating the world about who we are and gaining worldwide recognition of our history— that is why our ancestors fought.
We are the future leaders of the world. Whether you are an Armenian living in the United States, France, Australia, Russia, Lebanon, Argentina, Armenia or anywhere else in the world, YOU can make a difference. Together, we can fight, just like our ancestors and ensure that 100 years from now our successors, and citizens of the world will know who Armenians are. I am a part of LA2DC because I believe that we can stop world genocide by recognizing genocides of the past. The Armenian Genocide is one of many genocides that has ended the lives of almost 100 million people in 100 years. Take a moment and think about that– 100 million lives lost due to genocides.
I want to make a difference. I want to stop these mass atrocities around the world and I believe that if we all work together we can achieve that goal. Being a part of LA2DC helps me advocate and be the voice for the voiceless and stand up for those who lost their lives for me to be here today. I want to leave you with this quote: “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”