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Families gather to remember Armenian genocide

Posted at 10:50 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 16:24:00-04
Treasure Valley residents whose ancestors were affected by the Armenian genocide a century ago gathered today in Ann Morrison park to reconnect.

Jo-Ann Kachigian talked about her experience as a daughter of a survivor from memories that her mother shared with her of the horrific encounter in 1915 where 300 Armenians were seized and murdered.

The Armenian decedents gather every year in remembrance of those that perished and throw flowers off the footbridge into the Boise river.

"My mother was 12 years old when the Turks massacred her whole family of 46 people, my mother and her aunt were the only survivors," Kachigian said.

She also mentioned that many Armenians were forced at bayonet point on the death march across the mountains and desert.  

Many of the Armenians were so traumatized that they kept their memories to themselves for years not wanting to talk about what happened or relive the past.

In 2004 Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne proclaimed April 24th as "Idaho Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide," making the gem state the 33rd to official recognize it.