Pointian Greek Genocide Day

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WHEREAS, this Commonwealth is home to many ethnic communities whose members have benefited from the freedom and democracy upon which our nation was founded; and

WHEREAS, ongoing issues of bigotry, hatred and intolerance have led to terrorism and atrocities in the United States and worldwide; and

WHEREAS, it is important to look at history to learn valuable lessons from which our society and others can benefit, and

WHEREAS, in what is considered to be the first mass genocide of the 20th century, 350,000 Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians living in Pontus were killed or displaced by the Ottoman Turks during the period 1915 through 1928, and

WHEREAS, we solemnly recognize and remember the victims of this devastation in the hope that those memories bolster our collective conscience and that of people throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to emphasize the importance of all civilized nations remaining vigilant against tyranny to ensure that such atrocities will never again be committed or accepted, and

WHEREAS, it is believed by many the acknowledgment and awareness of this shameful event will help prevent such crimes from being repeated; and

WHEREAS, it is important to instill in all mankind, particularly our youth, a universal respect for other cultures, races, religions and viewpoints; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council, hereby proclaim May 19, 2018


in Upper Darby Township, and urge all citizens share in the solemn commemoration of the Pontian Genocide of 1915 1923 and join with the Greek-American community and its many religious and philanthropic organizations, to honor the sacrifices of those who died or suffered during this terrible period in history, and