On April 10, the delegation led by the mayor of Lyon, Gregory Doucet, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial, accompanied by the deputy mayor of Yerevan, Suren Grigoryan, and the heads of fractions of the Yerevan Council of Elders.
The guests were welcomed by the AGMI Director Harutyun Marutyan, who presented the history of the creation of the Memorial. He then presented the story of the three khachkars placed at Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres organized by the Azerbaijani government in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak) and Baku at the end of the 20th century, as well as the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of Hushapat during the Artsakh struggle of survival—these components of the Memorial emphasize the connection between the Armenian Genocide and contemporary acts of persecution and violence against Armenians.
Mr. Gregory Doucet laid a wreath at the Genocide monument after which the members of the accompanying delegation put flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
The delegation then toured the Armenian Genocide Museum. Having been accompanied by AGMI guide Elen Hakobyan, they became acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions housed at the Museum. Following the delegation’s tour, Gregory Doucet left a note in the Memory Book for Honourable Guests.