Today, I remember my grandparents and great-grandparents who survived the Armenian Genocide (1915-1918) and moved country to country before making it to the U.S. as political refugees.
Today, I remember my family in Nagorno-Karabakh who is still fighting for the right to self-determination and a chance to live as a united Armenian people. Though they may be considered the ‘other’, I remember the Azeri lives that have also been lost in the war. A life is a life, we are all human. We are all equal.
Today, I remember the millions who do not have access to universal health care. I remember the millions who are ceaselessly discriminated against due to their identity—race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation. I remember the millions who don’t have a voice in their own countries, in their own homes. I remember the millions more who suffer in every way possible.
The world is far from perfection, but we can together make it a little better for those around us. Let us remember, today and every day, the necessity of equality and non-discrimination. Let us remember the impact of standing up and fighting for the rights of all humans and holding the violators of these rights accountable for their actions.
And let us never forget the past so we can sculpt a better future.