On April 23, city councillors and over 400 interested people gathered at a solemn ceremony at Cedarvale Park, Georgetown, Ontario commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide that the Turkish Ottoman Empire raged on the Armenian people. As a result, more than 400 Canadians, mostly of Armenian descent, came to Georgetown.
Why Georgetown you may ask?
From 1915-1923 the Turkish Ottoman Empire tragically killed an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during a disgraceful act of genocide.
In 1923 Armenian orphans were given a second chance at life by our Canadian government. In 1923, on Dominion Day, 50 Armenian boys arrived at the Cedarvale farm. Overall, 109 boys aged 9-12 endured a three week long journey by foot, road, sea and train to arrive in Georgetown.
They all became known as the “The Georgetown Boys”.
The Georgetown Boys http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Georgetown_Boys
Georgetown Boys Farmhouse Designated Historic Site
The Georgetown Boys
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