On Sunday, May 20, in the city of Adelaide in South Australia, a special ceremony was organized to commemorate the unveiling of a monument dedicated to the victims of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocide committed by Turkey’s Ottoman government during World War I, 1914-1923.
The Ethnic Genocide has been commemorated in Australia by The Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia). On May 20, the organization unveiled the Memorial Monument in South Australia. Dignitaries and politicians representing the three ethnic groups attended the ceremony.
Executive Director Vache Kahramanian said, “The unveiling of this monument is testament not only to the memory of the victims of genocide but also to descendants of survivors who have called Australia home.” A church service was held at St. Dimitrios Greek Othordox Church followed by the official unveiling at the Mausoleum of Holy Family in Salisbury Downs in South Australia.
Erecting the South Australian genocide monument was the result of great efforts made by three brotherly organizations: the Pontian Brotherhood of South Australia, the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia, and the Assyrian Universal Alliance-Australia Chapter.