Armenians remember genocide Carrying flags, banners and signs, local Armenians and others marched Wednesday in downtown Salt Lake City to commemorate the deportation and massacre 76 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks. Signs carried messages such as "Lest We Forget the First Genocide of 20th Century." Ironically, it was the Kurds, who are now suffering under the hands of Iraqis sympathetic to Saddam Hussein, who committed most of the atrocities against the Armenians, according to Arshavir C. McKertich, former president of the Armenian Association of Utah. Tigranui Agalaryan, who fled Armenia with her son to escape Soviet oppression, said the anniversary is the most significant day of the year to Armenians everywhere.