ARS, Inc.’s Statement on the Armenian Genocide Centennial

In spite of the devastation and the destruction of the daily life of entire Armenian populations, today thriving Armenian communities around the globe prove the failure of the perpetrators.

They do this with their countless establishments – schools, churches, community centers – built and maintained through their undaunted will to survive, thus defeating the genocidal attempt to wipe out Armenians forever, along with their history and millennial homeland.

Today, after surviving the hellish crucible of Der Zor, our decimated masses, as an integral part of our nation and living hand in hand with their families under the free skies of an independent Armenian Homeland, have entered a new era of political renaissance.

Today, as participants in the evolving international scene, we have proven once more the reality of possibilities ahead of us. As a cultural and political force commemorating the Genocide fifty years ago, we turned the corner by leaving behind emotional rituals to adopt a political and diplomatic approach, opening new avenues for the prosecution of our sacred Cause, leading our united people not to just remember, but to demand, as one Nation.

Thus, we clearly and strongly demand all our rights, in order to bring our just Cause to its final resolution, regardless of the present stubbornly denialist stand of Turkey and its sundry allies.

Again, as a united force, it is our sacred duty to continue stating our demands, remaining true to our struggle in the name of our countless martyrs and their cruelly interrupted dreams of justice.



Mr. and Mrs. Harout and Vicky Marachelian Donate $50,000 to the Armenian Relief Society

The Central Executive Board of the Armenian Relief Society is pleased to announce, with gratitude, the generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Harout and Vicky Marachelian, of California, USA, in the amount of $50,000US to the ARS.

In keeping with the wishes of the benefactors, this sum will be equally allotted to two purposes: the renovation expenses of the ARS “Soseh” Kindergarten in Stepanakert, Artsakh, and the expenses incurred by the current activities of the ARS International Office, including the exhibit of Armenian textiles held at the United Nations in New York City as part of the ARS’ Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration. Upon this historic occasion, benefactor and Chairperson of the ARS Central Executive Board, Mrs. Vicky Marachelian stated the following: ­

The role played by the centenarian Armenian Relief Society over the past momentous decades of Armenian history is well known by everyone. Today, as in previous years, the Society continues its humanitarian and compatriotic activities in Armenian reality worldwide. In view of the basic educational endeavors of the ARS “Soseh” Kindergartens, providing young generations with essential knowledge of their ethnic culture, we are aware of the necessity of both moral and financial assistance to sustain their sacred mission. Confronted by this reality, this sum will be used for the basic needs of this, and similar, ARS programs.”

As a sign of gratitude for this substantial donation of the benefactor couple, the ARS Central Executive Board has decided to officially name and dedicate its Boston Central Office board room after “Mr. and Mrs. Harout and Vicky Marachelian”.

Needless to say, the world-wide humanitarian projects and programs of the 105-year-old Armenian Relief Society would not have been possible to implement without the supportive generosity of its benefactors and countless supporters.