Press Release: St. Mary Armenian Church of Costa Mesa Commemorates Centennial Armenian Genocide

2015 is the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians all over the world will unite to commemorate this historic, tragic and unforgettable atrocity.  Under the leadership of its beloved pastor, Fr. Moushegh Tashjian, and in collaboration with the Western Diocese, St. Mary Armenian Church of Costa Mesa (148  22nd Street, Costa Mesa)  will host a commemorative event as well. The church announced the formation of the Centennial Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee chaired by Dr. Levon Keleshian and had its first meeting on September 22, 2012. The Centennial Committee had two objectives: first to erect a monument on the church grounds; second, to organize a major event in Orange County to commemorate the genocide.

After in-depth discussion and vetting of nearly ten designs from six artists during the past year, the Committee selected Mr. Harout Joulhaian’s Genocide/Renaissance as the monument design.  We felt that Mr. Joulhaian’s design expressed our sad and tragic past very effectively with the combination of its black granite foundation and two white marble pillars supporting a cross, demonstrating our strong Christian faith and belief of a brighter future. In addition, the monument will have a water fountain with a flame at its center, residing on a black granite foundation symbolizing the life and immortality of the 1.5 million Armenian Genocide Martyrs.  This beautiful monument accurately depicts the Centennial Committee’s creed and expectation toward its community.

The positive support of the church’s organizations, committees and the community at large was very encouraging. The parishioners of St. Mary Church have supported the monument project with their outpouring donations.  The Committee has nearly reached its goal to fulfill its objectives.  The monument is 70% built and will be finished by the end of December, 2014. It will be blessed and dedicated on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:30pm following church services by His Eminence Arch. Hovnan Derderian, Primate, with the participation of St. Mary parishioners, civic leaders and dignitaries.  A commemorative event will follow at the Robert B. Moore Theater on the campus of Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa at 4:00 pm. The event will be presided by the Primate of the Western Diocese Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. The program will be headlined with a keynote speaker, Armenian folk music, and poetry.   The Armenian Society of the Los Angeles Chorus with an orchestra conducted by Maestro Mikael Avetisyan will close the event. The attendance will be free and we encourage everyone to attend this significant event.

Centennial Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee


Armenian Genocide Monument Construction




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