WASHINGTON, DC -- As we mark the solemn 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, President Biden's milestone recognition of the genocide for what it was sends a clear message to those who would try to erase history: despite their best efforts, they will never be successful. Healing and reconciliation requires a truthful acknowledgment of the past, however dark it may be. For far too long, the global Armenian community has been denied this healing. The U.S. recognition comes at a pivotal moment and sends an important message to would-be perpetrators as history risks repeating itself with Azerbaijan's destruction of Armenian cultural and religious sites in Artsakh.
My mother would be proud to see this day come. I still remember the sadness in her eyes as she described the horrors of the Armenian Genocide that began on this date in 1915. It is a tragedy that I feel deeply in my own family history as do Armenians across the world. I'm proud to have co-led the resolution to recognize the genocide each year, which culminated in two historic votes in the House and Senate last Congress. It is some comfort to now be able to say that the official position of the U.S. government is that the Armenian Genocide occurred. It is that tragic, and that simple.