"On this day, 105 years after the leaders of the Ottoman Empire began their systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children, we are taking the time to honor the victims and survivors of the Armenian genocide," Pelosi said.
"The terrible barbaric acts against the innocent Armenians remain a "stain" in the history of mankind and a terrible reminder of our responsibility and vigilance against the atrocities of our time."
"The facts are undeniable, yet generations of Armenians have had to fight tirelessly against those who tried to rewrite history and deny the truth of the Armenian genocide; for this reason, the United States Congress sought to correct this grave mistake by voting to prove the Armenian genocide forever in its records. We affirmed our commitment to never remain silent or to allow these crimes to happen again."
"Today, as the world faces an unprecedented crisis, we must listen to the lessons of this dark hour in history, and gather the strength to speak out against heinous acts of discrimination, racism and violence, wherever and whenever they occur, we must insist on the reality of our past, oppose the forces of hatred in our present and promote the blessings of hope and peace for our future."