Myrtle Beach City Council Adopts Armenian Genocide Reaffirmation Proclamation

Armenian National Committee of South Carolina Leads the Effort to Memorialize the Genocide of Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The City Council of Myrtle Beach, SC adopted a proclamation on May 23, 2017 signed by Mayor John T. Rhodes reaffirming the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. The proclamation, spearheaded by Council Member Randal Wallace, was timed to coincide with the remembrance day of the Greek Genocide observed every year on May 19.

In the months leading up to the adoption of the proclamation, the Armenian National Committee of South Carolina played an important role in educating the wider Myrtle Beach community and elected officials about the Armenian Genocide by organizing commemoration events, actively promoting The Promise film, and holding meetings.

“We are thankful to our city elected officials – especially to Councilman Randal Wallace and Mayor John Rhodes – for their principled stance against crimes against humanity and human rights violations,” said ANC of South Carolina Chairman Aram Heboyan. “It is important for us to properly commemorate and remember all the innocent victims of this heinous crime if there is any hope in stopping the vicious cycle of genocide.”

Myrtle Beach City Councilman Randal Wallace said, “[I am] very proud to have been a part of this proclamation recognizing the Armenian genocide.”

By way of background, on March 17, 1999 South Carolina General Assembly adopted H.B. 3678 recognizing April 24, 1999, as “South Carolina day of remembrance of the Armenian genocide of 1915-1923” so as to honor the memory of the one and one-half million people of Armenian ancestry who lost their lives during that terrible time and to honor the memory of the victims of genocide throughout the world.


Full text of the proclamation is provided below:

102nd Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

WHEREAS, the Myrtle Beach community joins human rights advocates and historians from around the world to recognize and mourn the 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the first genocide of the twentieth century, from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, 2017 marks the 102nd anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide, led by Turkish forces, which included the massacre of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians due to religious, political, and educational beliefs; and

WHEREAS, the genocide started April 24, 1915, when hundreds of Armenians and others were arrested in Constantinople, and continued for eight years with the horrific annihilation of innocent Armenian men, women and children, leaving fewer than one million survivors; and

WHEREAS, the Armenian culture is celebrated today as a historic reminder of the remarkable courage, resilience and perseverance of the human spirit, and we acknowledge the estimated 100 Armenian families in the Myrtle Beach area for their contributions to our community; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Myrtle Beach City Council hereby recognizes the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by honoring and remembering those who perished and reaffirms the importance of tolerance, justice and respect, lest hatred against lead to the suffering and destruction of mankind; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that we also recognize the Armenian American families in the Myrtle Beach community for their efforts to advance civil rights as champions of equality.

Signed and sealed this 23rd day of May 2017.

John Rhodes, Mayor

Attest: Joan Grove, City Clerk


Photo: Myrtle Beach Armenian-Americans with Mayor John T. Rhodes and Councilman Randal Wallace.

Le conseil municipal de Myrtle Beach adopte une proclamation reconnaissant le génocide arménien

(Nouvelles d’Arménie) Le conseil municipal de la ville de Myrtle Beach aux Etats-Unis a adopté une proclamation le 2 mai signée par le maire John T. Rhodes reconnaissant le génocide arménien de 1915-1923. La proclamation proposée par le membre du Conseil, Randal Wallace, a été programmée pour coïncider avec le jour du souvenir du génocide grecque observé chaque année le 19 mai.

Dans les mois précédant l’adoption de la proclamation, le Comité national arménien (ANC) de Caroline du Sud a joué un rôle important dans l’éducation de la communauté de Myrtle Beach et des élus sur le génocide arménien en organisant des événements commémoratifs, en promouvant activement le film “The Promise“ et organisant des réunions.

“Nous remercions nos élus de la ville, en particulier le conseiller Randal Wallace et le maire John Rhodes, pour leur position de principe contre les crimes contre l’humanité et les violations des droits de l’homme“, a déclaré le président de l’ANC de la Caroline du Sud, Aram Heboyan. “Il est important pour nous de bien commémorer et de se souvenir de toutes les victimes innocentes de ce crime odieux s’il y a un espoir d’arrêter le cercle vicieux du génocide“.

Le conseiller municipal de Myrtle Beach, Randal Wallace, a déclaré : « [je suis] très fier d’avoir participé à cette proclamation reconnaissant le génocide arménien“.

À titre d’antécédents, le 17 mars 1999, l’Assemblée générale de la Caroline du Sud a adopté la résolution HB 3678, reconnaissant le 24 avril 1999 comme « le jour du souvenir de la Caroline du Sud du génocide arménien de 1915-1923 ».