Joe Biden on Saturday recognized the Armenian Genocide.

“The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide,” Biden said.

Biden’s statement coincided with Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24).

In 301 A.D., Armenia became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion after Christianity was introduced to Armenia a couple hundred years earlier in the first century — for this reason, Armenia was eventually targeted by the Ottoman Empire.

The most recent genocide of the Armenians began on April 24th, 1915, and 1.5 million Christian Armenians were slaughtered by the Muslim Ottoman Turks.

Turkey denies the Genocide to this day.

Assyrians and Greeks were also murdered, bringing the the total Genocide to 3.5 million Christians.

April 24th, 1915 is known as ‘Red Sunday.’ Hundreds of male Armenian leaders were arrested, deported and or killed by the Ottoman Turks in what marked the beginning of the Armenian genocide. Over 1.5 million Christian Armenians were brutally murdered and or sent on a death march into the Syrian desert. Hundreds of thousands of Christian Assyrians and Orthodox Greeks were also slaughtered.

Biden’s full statement:

Disclosure: The author of this article is a first generation American of Armenian descent.

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