Tuesday, April 24, 2012

april 24, 1915


This is the story of my great-grandparents. All eight of them died in this brutal, inhuman massacre.
My family history died with them on that cruel day, years ago.

This did not just happen to them. 
This is not just the cold-blooded murder of 1.5 million innocent people.
This is the first genocide of the 20th century, a crime against humanity.

And it keeps getting perpetrated, through denial and lies...


97 years of waiting for recognition, reparation, and retribution should be enough.

This has become my story.







April 24th is a day of vigil, silent reflection, and remembrance.


But it is also a day of celebration, of survival, of triumph against evil.









Updated Apr 24, 2012 09:48 PM:
Thank you all for visiting and for your thoughtful comments. It’s been a very emotional day for me, especially since this is the first time I’ve told Emily about this. After much back-and-forth, I decided not to pull her out of school, and therefore did not take her to the vigil or to the march/protest, as was my initial intent. We spent the day watching documentaries (the portions that were suitable for her young, innocent eyes), making together our short family tree, and answering her questions.

The fact that the Armenian genocide is not officially recognized by the US government and other countries fearing Turkish retaliation, and that the perpetrators were never brought to justice, made it even more poignant. It is with a heavy heart that I felt the obligation to pass the torch of seeking reparation to the next generation – I wish I didn’t have to. Seeing Emily’s eyes water, and her obvious helplessness before the utter cruelty she was witnessing for the first time, was one of the hardest things I've had to do. Her grandparents are already in their 70s and 80s and time, unfortunately, is not on our side. I wanted her to have the opportunity to hear them recount their own memories and first-hand survivor stories told to them by their own parents. I owed her at least that much.

For as long as I can remember, I have spent this day wrapped in a cloak of grief and loss, but also a furious resolve to right an unimaginable wrong. There is not much I can do to bring back what is forever lost. What I can however do is try to give my daughter the opportunity to help salvage the churches and antiquated Christian relics that were stolen from her ancestors -- the first nation in the world to embrace Christianity in 301 A.D.--, and left by the Turkish government to the elements, to ruin for good. They mean more to me than the homes and belongings that my great-grandparents left behind, never to return to again.

To learn more about the Armenian Genocide, view photos and historical documents compiled by reputable historians, visit http://www.armenian-genocide.org

Political tides change, but they often do so when driven by the will of the people. Please join me in signing this petition to President Obama, to finally deliver on his campaign promise and officially recognize the Armenian Genocide: http://wh.gov/PVq. Thank you!







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33 Comments:

At 4/24/12, 10:19 AM , Anonymous Carine Tomassian said...

Your words paired with the song gave me goosebumps

 
At 4/24/12, 11:13 AM , Anonymous Denise said...

Darn. I can't get the song to play. I'm trying again though because this is important!

 
At 4/24/12, 1:17 PM , Blogger TangledLou said...

This is so powerful. I will spend time in remembrance today, too. Thank you for sharing this.

 
At 4/24/12, 2:32 PM , Anonymous Heather said...

Megan, I'm mourning and celebrating with you...

 
At 4/24/12, 7:48 PM , Anonymous Susi said...

So much injustice in the World. It's important to remember... always. Thank you for sharing this.

 
At 4/24/12, 8:44 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

This should be remembered. It's a dark history and family story.
My warmest condolence to the memory of the deceased.
I'm sorry that your grand parents had to lose their parents in such a sad way...

 
At 4/24/12, 9:27 PM , Anonymous Cindy York Shadian said...

In my opinion the genocide continues because of the denial.

 
At 4/24/12, 10:02 PM , Anonymous Heather said...

Done.

 
At 4/25/12, 3:56 AM , Blogger Hilary said...

I am so sorry.... I wish I had better words.... How did Emily handle it all?

 
At 4/25/12, 4:26 AM , Blogger Laine Griffin said...

Wow, I don't have any words either. This is so powerful - and you are so eloquently spreading the message. Off to sign the petition, love.

 
At 4/25/12, 5:39 AM , Blogger Karen said...

I had no idea. I'm so sorry Megan *hugs*

 
At 4/25/12, 9:05 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Emily had lots of semantics questions, like "how did they make them march in the desert" and "if they were thirsty, why didn't they just buy more water?" It was funny and sad at the same time. So far, she's handling it well but will watch her for a few days to assess the impact...

Thank you all. Knowing I was heard makes me feel less helpless. And thanks for signing the petition, it's probably a futile effort but one never knows. And it means so much to me :)

 
At 4/25/12, 9:34 AM , Blogger Elise said...

Thank you for posting and sharing and teaching. It makes me remember the first time my neighbors sat in mourning for their relatives and what a powerful experience that was for me to indirectly observe while babysitting their children. I learned something very beautiful about humans that day and about the importance and beauty of facing deep grief and remembering.

 
At 4/25/12, 12:51 PM , Blogger Beckey said...

Thank you for sharing your story, and your personal experience with all of us.

 
At 4/25/12, 1:34 PM , Anonymous Pearlsa said...

This is why I love the internet and bloggers I learn something everyday. Thank you so much for sharing what happened with us, thank you for education us.

 
At 4/25/12, 8:09 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thank you sweetie :)

 
At 4/25/12, 8:10 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I do like soundcloud but it is a little fickle...(and since free, I'm not complaining).

 
At 4/25/12, 8:10 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thanks Lou, coming from you, that is pretty hefty compliment.

 
At 4/25/12, 8:11 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thank you Heather, your friendship means the world to me...

 
At 4/25/12, 8:11 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Unfortunately yes, Susi. Remembering is not always an easy thing to do, though.

 
At 4/25/12, 8:12 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thanks Colleen. It means a lot to me that you visited and read what was undoubtedly not a pleasant piece.

 
At 4/25/12, 8:12 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

I agree Cindy. That's the part that makes it oh so much worse!

 
At 4/25/12, 8:13 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thanks darling. Be sure to thank V. for me :)

 
At 4/25/12, 8:14 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

It's back to normal for Emily today, it seems. She's spending the night at my parents this weekend, and she's compiling a list of questions for them. But she seemed rather cheerful about it, thank God.

 
At 4/25/12, 8:14 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thank you for the support, Lainey. You are one in a million :)

 
At 4/25/12, 8:14 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Hugs back, Karen. Thank you for reading and empathizing.

 
At 4/25/12, 8:18 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thank you for reading, Elise. This is an unusual topic for me, hopefully you'll come back soon when things are more "normal".

 
At 4/25/12, 8:19 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thanks for reading, Beckey, I appreciate your kind words.

 
At 4/25/12, 8:22 PM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Me too, Pearlsa. It puts the whole world at our fingertips, doesn't it? I wish I didn't have to tell others about the atrocities committed by mankind, but thanks for reading and for your support.

 
At 4/26/12, 3:46 PM , Blogger Brenda Youngerman said...

Megan,
My heart breaks for you and your family.. I don't understand such blatantly cruelty, nor how the world can turn their backs on it!
"Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it!"

 
At 4/27/12, 8:58 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

Thank you Brenda :) The hardest part is reading regurgitated lies and denial. Can't really move on when one is fighting to be heard...

 
At 4/28/12, 10:56 PM , Blogger Lisa Jochim said...

Megan, I'm just reading this. You know where I live and not a day goes by without someone thanking me for the US saving them. Your story should be brought to the light for all to hear. It's people like you that are helping to keep their memory alive. Have you read Sarah's Key? It takes just one story to help people to understand. The Diary of Anne Frank.... flooded the world with knowledge and understanding. My prayers are with you and your family.
Lisa
Americangirlinholland.blogspot

 
At 4/29/12, 12:25 AM , Blogger Megan@MondayMorningMusings said...

It does all kinds of good to my heart to read this. Thank you Lisa, for your kind words and support :)

 

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