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City of Miami Beach Officially Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

Miami Beach City Commissioner Mark Samuelian 

MIAMI BEACH, FL – On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the City of Miami Beach, Florida passed a resolution officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide, reported

The resolution was introduced by Miami Beach City Commissioner Mark Samuelian and passed unanimously.

“I am extremely proud of my Armenian heritage, and happy to have visited Armenia this summer and seen the wonderful countryside and its people. I commend the U.S. House of Representatives for condemning and recognizing the Armenian Genocide and proud of the City of Miami Beach for adopting this resolution,” Mark Samuelian said in a statement to “In addition, I congratulate the Armenian Genocide Committee, Inc. (AGC) for its efforts in commemorating the Armenian Genocide here in South Florida. This is a significant step in honoring the history of the Armenian people and their contributions,” Samuelian said.

In 2017, Samuelian became the first Armenian American elected official in Miami-Dade County history.

“The City of Miami Beach is the first city in Miami-Dade County to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide, and I know I speak for the thousands of Armenian Americans in Miami-Dade when I say ‘Thank You’ to Commissioner Samuelian, Mayor Gelber, and the entire City Commission on this historic occasion,” stated AGC Chairwoman Arsine Kaloustian. “As the Armenian American community in South Florida continues to grow, AGC will continue to build on our accomplishments and expand Armenian Genocide awareness, education, and affirmation in the Sunshine State,” Kaloustian said.

A copy of the resolution is available here.

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In Memoriam: Armenouhi Odabachian

Armenouhi Odabachian (née Kutnerian), 96, passed away peacefully on the morning of May 8th.  Armenouhi is survived by her daughter, Arlys (Hagop) Koushakjian, son Arshag Odabachian, grandsons Taniel and Devon, granddaughter Arianna and great-granddaughter Ayla.

Born on March 19th 1923 in Romania, Armenouhi was the daughter of an Armenian Genocide survivor.  Her life’s winding narrative took her to Egypt, Beirut, Detroit and finally to Boca Raton FL in 1993, where she could be near her daughter’s family.  Married to Ara Odabachian (U.S. Army ret.) in 1950, she was a devoted mother to their two children.

Throughout her life, Armenouhi was known as an effervescent bon vivant as well as a force to be reckoned with.  Fluent in five languages, she earned a PhD in French Literature at a time when most women did not even go to college.  All knew her as elegant, cultured, poised, outspoken, worldly and artistic.  She was a pianist and avid supporter of the performing arts who adored travel, fashion, ostrich feathers, opera length gloves, champagne, and listening to classical music and Charles Aznavour.  

Armenouhi was a member of the St. John Armenian Church Women’s Guild in Detroit for over 30 years.  

She is predeceased by her husband, Ara Odabachian; her parents, Nazaret and Henazant Kutnerian; and by her brother Kegham who passed just six months ago.

The family will receive relatives and friends for a viewing at St. David Armenian Apostolic Church in Boca Raton on Saturday, May 11th at 11:30am.  A requiem service will follow at 12:30pm. Interment will immediately follow at The Gardens of Boca Raton where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Ara. Hokejash will be held afterwards at Ouzo Bay restaurant at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.