Today marks the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In 1915, the Ottoman Empire systematically killed 1.5 million Armenians and, to this day, only a small number of countries have officially acknowledged this mass killing of Armenians as a genocide. The United States is still not one of these countries.
The above image is Armenia’s official Coat of Arms. The Eagle and the Lion are traditional symbols of Armenian royalty, and the shield depicts Noah’s Ark sitting atop of Mount Ararat, which borders Armenia and Turkey.
For those interested in learning more about the Armenian Genocide, the 2016 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Armenian-American Peter Balakian, translated his granduncle’s memoir, a personal account of the Genocide. A review of Grigoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha can be found on the online magazine for international literature, Words Without Borders.