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CRAG E-Alert - 19 April 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

*** TWO KEY LONDON EVENTS ON 22 & 24 APRIL 2005 ***

The 90th Anniversary Committee undertakes two major events this week, with support from CRAG, to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide:

ARMENIAN COMMUNITY EVENT - Ealing Town Hall - New Broadway, Ealing

Friday, 22nd April 2005, 7.30pm

This event comprises two key speeches by the Deputy Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Michael Elliot, as well as Stephen Pound, MP for Ealing North.

It will also include evocative and spiritual Armenian dances, wonderful songs and gripping piano pieces, plus addresses by leading figures in the community.

YOU ARE ALL ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS KEY EVENT as a testimony of your attachment to your Armenian historical roots, let alone your support for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

This event is open and free to the public, and all friends and supporters of CRAG - Armenian and non-Armenian alike - are most welcome.

ATTEND AND FILL THE HALL ... THIS IS A PAN-ARMENIAN EVENT

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION ON SUNDAY, 24 APRIL 2005

Memorial Service in the form of Divine Liturgy and Hokehankisd at ST YEGHICHE CHURCH - Cranley Gardens - 11 am to 1 pm, presided by HG Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and in the presence of key representatives from Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican Churches.

* Nearest Tube station is Gloucester Road - then walk south about ten minutes *

90th Anniversary Commemoration MARCH from St Yeghiche Church to the Cenotaph at 1:30 pm after the Divine Liturgy and Requiem Mass (Hokehankisd).

The March, cleared with the police, will include a 30-minute Vigil in front of the Turkish Embassy (en route).

There will be a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph with prayers and prominent political and community speakers.

The 90th Anniversary March will include a spectacular display of large posters.

Transport will be provided for convenience, and two fifty-passenger buses will be located outside the Sunday School on Twyford Crescent at 10:00 am as well as one fifty-passenger bus outside Hayashen / CAIA at 10:00 am too.

All three buses will leave for St Yeghiche Church at 10:15 am.

Kindly ensure you are on time to take the buses, and you are all invited TO ATTEND DIVINE LITURGY & HOKEHANKISD as well as MARCH to CENOTAPH.

Remember, Armenians had to walk bare-foot in the Der El-Zor desert. Surely a 2-hour symbolic recreation of this march on Sunday is the least to mark remembrance?

*** MEMORIAL EVENING IN WALES ***

A Commemorative meeting will take place at the Council Committee Room, at the Temple of Peace, College Road, Cathays Park, in Cardiff, on Wednesday 20th April, at 7 pm.

Taking part in this event will be Caerphilly Labour Councillor and human rights campaigner Ray Davies, and the well-known poet Mike Jenkins of Merthyr who will read his poem "Komitas" on the Armenian priest-composer who suffered terribly during the round-up and massacre of Armenian intellectuals at the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

This commemorative event will coincide with the week-long exhibition 'The Battle Field' by the Armenian Cypriot and Welsh resident painter Nanor Tashdjian being held in the foyer of the entrance to the Temple of Peace, from 14th until 21st April, 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Nanor will also speak briefly at the evening commemoration on her exhibition, and Raffi Sarkissian, Chair of CRAG, will conclude the event.

Log on to this website and www.accc.org.uk to get the latest highlights of commemorative events in England, Wales and Scotland for April & May 2005.

You can also download the Petition of the 90th Anniversary Committee for signature.

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