Granite City, IL (KSDK) - Sunday was a day of remembrance and prayer for Armenians around the world.
Armenia is a Christian nation in Eastern Europe surrounded by Muslim states. In 1915 more than a million Armenians were murdered at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.
Armenians from the St. Louis area gathered Sunday at St. Gregory Armenian Church in Granite City where a special ceremony was held to honor survivors and those who were killed in the genocide.
The U.S. and Turkish Governments don't recognize the Armenian Genocide. That's something journalist and Armenian National Committee member Michelle Hagopian is working to change.
"I think it's important for us to realize that there's nothing wrong with diversity. There's nothing wrong with honoring our past and trying to focus on what we can do better in the future," said Hagopian. "But it's something that we need to work on to build our relationship with our neighbors in Armenia and the United States to build more allies."
Missouri, Illinois and 40 other states have recognized the Armenian Genocide.