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On Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, church leaders play key role

Armenian Church leaders lead a prayer vigil at Armenian Genocide Martyrs Memorial Monument in Montebello on April 24, 2019.
Armenian Church leaders lead a prayer vigil at Armenian Genocide Martyrs Memorial Monument in Montebello on April 24, 2019.
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Armenians across Los Angeles marked the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with marches and vigils. 

Hundreds gathered for a prayer service in Montebello at the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Memorial Monument. 

"This commemoration is vital for us all," said Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, head of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church. "Because first, we bring our respect to the memory of the martyrs, but through this respect, we also want to make sure that there’s a message sent to the world that genocide will never ever repeat."

Church leaders said the day isn’t just about remembering history but also education and public service.

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