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Florida Media Outlets Report on Local Armenian American Community’s Response to Biden’s Genocide Declaration
BOCA RATON, FL – As all eyes were on the White House last month, the Armenian American community was hyper mobilized in pressing the White House to fulfill President Biden’s pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide as President on April 24.
With all signs pointing in the right direction and anticipation of the President’s genocide declaration building by the day, two Florida media outlets covered the local Armenian American community’s response.
“Florida Armenians here and across the state welcomed President Joe BIden’s recognition of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day April 24” The Boca Voice posted on their Facebook page.
Later in the day, a headline from the Tampa Bay Times read “Biden’s recognition of genocide brings Florida’s Armenians relief.” Tampa Bay Times‘ breaking news reporter Josh Fiallo’s heartfelt reporting was the first major Florida newspaper to cover the President’s historic statement.
On Sunday, April 25, the Times devoted another story to the local Armenian American community on the west coast of Florida. Reporting “Genocide victims remembered on Red Sunday at Pinellas Armenian Church,” Times reporter Anastasia Dawson went to St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park and spoke with Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian and several parishioners.
“Demerjian, pastor at St. Hagop’s, called Biden’s statement ‘the healing of a wound’ that was a ‘long time in the making,'” he told the Tampa Bay Times. =
While no other newspaper or media outlet in Florida covered President Biden’s acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide (reprinting the AP doesn’t count), Armenian Americans in Florida should be pleased to know that the Tampa Bay Times, that state’s largest newspaper, gave them ample coverage and connected with St. Hagop’s parishioners, and that our local reporters and outlets like the The Boca Voice truly listen to their community members and amplify their stories.
Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL)
St. Hagop Armenian Church (Pinellas Park, FL)
St. Hagop Armenian Church to Hold Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service on Sunday
PINELLAS PARK, FL – This Sunday, April 25th, St. Hagop Armenian Church of Pinellas Park, FL will conclude Badarak with a special Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service, and traditional flower laying procession to the St. Hagop Armenian Genocide memorial.
Fellowship will follow in the Church hall with Haig Yaghoobian providing music of remembrance. To honor our martyrs, St. Hagop will reprint the bulletin insert of tribute. Click here to see if your tribute is included. If your text is not included in this document, you may submit a short tribute to your loved ones effected by the Genocide to this email firstname.lastname@example.org with your text by April 23rd at 9:00AM.
This event will take place in-person and will be virtually broadcast. FLArmenians.com encourages organizers and parishioners who wish to attend in person to follow CDC guidelines and local laws.