BOSTON (WWLP) – A remembrance event for the Armenian Genocide was held at the State House on Friday.

Armenian communities in the Commonwealth are remembering the 1.5 million people who were killed during the genocide which started in April of 1915 when the Turkish government sought to exterminate the Armenian race.

The conflict caused many Armenians to leave their native land and emigrated to the U.S. many of which ended up in the state of Massachusetts.

“Fortunately some people were able to escape, and that’s why I’m here today,” Peabody resident Keveriam said. “That’s why the Armenians that are here are prevailing and they’re contributing to this country.”

At Friday’s remembrance event, Armenians met with Governor Charlie Baker to discuss policies that would educate people on the long term effects of ethnic cleansing.

“We have a bill out there right now that would try to make sure we educate on all genocides,” State Representative David Muradian told 22News, “because we don’t want history to repeat itself.”

Through scholarship programs, the state’s Armenian communities help to send young adults to college.

By educating younger generations and holding remembrance events, Armenians hope to preserve and pass along their cultural traditions.

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