City Council OKs Armenian Genocide Memorial In Pasadena

The Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee hopes to have the monument erected in Memorial Park before the centennial observance of the genocide in April 2015. (Photo courtesy PASAGMC.org)

The Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee hopes to have the monument erected in Memorial Park before the centennial observance of the genocide in April 2015. (Photo courtesy PASAGMC.org)

PASADENA (AP) — Pasadena will commemorate the Armenian genocide of 1915 with a monument in Memorial Park.

The Los Angeles Times reports the City Council unanimously approved a design for the memorial, which will include a stone water basin straddled by a tripod of three columns.

A single drop of water will fall from the highest point every three seconds, with each “teardrop” representing one life lost.

The nonprofit Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee is raising funds to erect the monument before the centennial observance of the genocide in April 2015.

Organizers say Pasadena is a fitting home for the tribute because the city was the first in Southern California to embrace Armenian immigrants before and after the genocide.

The memorial was designed by Catherine Menard, a student at the Art Center College of Design.

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