BOISE -- The Treasure Valley Armenian-American community gathered Thursday night to honor Armenians killed during the first genocide of the 20th century.
The event has come to be known as the Forgotten Genocide.
Participants gathered at a stone marker to pray and share stories about ancestors killed by the Ottoman Turks. Despite the weather, they continued the solemn memorial by dropping flowers into the Boise River in memory of those lost.
My mother was 12-years-old when the Ottoman Turks massacred nearly 2 million Christian Armenians, and she was the sole survivor of her family of 37 family members. She hid in a pit the night they came and exterminated the rest of her family, said Jo-Ann Kachigian, daughter of an Armenian Genocide survivor.
In 2004, Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne issued a proclamation declaring April 24, an Idaho Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide.