Knights & Daughters of Vartan Announce 105th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide in Times Square, New Y
February 27 , 2020 , 10:17
Knights & Daughters of Vartan Announce 105th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide in Times Square, New Y

 The 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will take place at the center of the universe in Times Square, New York, on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Join thousands in solidarity alongside noted politicians, academics and artists to honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide while advancing the fight towards global recognition. Special accolades will be given to the U.S. Congress and Senate for standing on the right side of history and approving measures formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide.


While over a century has passed since the first genocide of the 20th century that claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenian martyrs by the Young Turk Party of the Ottoman Empire, the Armenian Diaspora continues its unyielding efforts to remember, to honor and to educate the world about this catastrophic event in history -- a piece of history that goes unrecognized to this day by the Turkish government.


Cultural aspects of the program will be presented by members of the Armenian homeland as well as the Diaspora. Students from the Sipan Armenian School of Paramus, NJ, will sing the Armenian and American anthems. The commemoration will be led by the masters of ceremonies Armen McOmber, Esq. and Nvair Beyerian.


In conjunction with the Times Square Commemoration, the Knights & Daughters of Vartan sponsor an annual global essay contest and Young Professionals event, 100 Years & Beyond, for the New York metro area.



The annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square is sponsored by the Knights of Vartan and Daughters of Vartan, a national fraternal organization, and co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of America, Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Armenian Bar Association and the Armenian Council of America; participating organizations include the Diocese of the Armenian Church, Prelacy of the Armenian Church, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Missionary Association, Armenian Evangelical Union, Armenian Catholic Eparchy, and several national Armenian youth organizations.




Knights & Daughters of Vartan Announce Essay Contest Winners in Conjunction with Times Square Commemoration



The USC Shoah Foundation offers a selection of Armenian Genocide survivor testimonials that shed light on the first genocide of the 20th century. These stories are meant to be shared and understood in order to avoid another cycle of hatred, racism and intolerance in the world we live in.


Select a testimonial available from http://sfi.usc.edu/collections/armenian or another primary source that inspires you. Reflect on this piece of history, its meaning to you and how it can impact your thinking in the future. Convey your reflections in the form of an essay, poem, short film or visual art piece. Each student may enter a maximum of one submission in each category:




An essay or a poem of no more than 500 words


Font 12 pt.

Accepted file formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf


Visual Art


A digitally created image, digital photograph or photograph of an original art piece.

Accepted file formats: .jpeg, .bmp




Running time no longer than 5 minutes

Accepted file formats: .mp4, .mpeg, .mov


Keep in mind this is not a research paper but your own original words and thoughts. Your essay will be judged on its originality, clarity, historical accuracy and understanding of the essay contest theme. All submissions should include the primary source link and/or name.



High School and college students are invited to participate in an essay contest as part of the 105th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide that will be held in

New York City’s Times Square (43rd St & Broadway) on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 2-4 pm. The essay contest is sponsored by Knights & Daughters of Vartan (www.kofv.org) an international Armenian fraternal organization headquartered in the U.S.



Sunday, April 5, 2020


Please email submissions to apri24nyc@gmail.com.




The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners chosen by the judges will be awarded $300, $200 and $100 respectively and announced at Times Square and in the media.


About the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square:


Founded in 1985 by the late Sam Azadian, a former Brooklyn, New York resident, who

lost four siblings during the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Genocide Commemoration at Times Square has honored the 1.5+ million Armenian lives lost during the horrific events of the 1915 Genocide of the Armenians by the Young Turk Government of the Ottoman Empire. This internationally-recognized annual event draws thousands of Armenians and non-Armenian participants to commemorate the solemn occasion. The event features speeches and tributes delivered by prominent political figures and civic leaders, officials of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, representatives of major Armenian-American organizations, and distinguished scholars and educators as well as high-ranking Armenian and non-Armenian clergy.