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Las Vegas, Nevada: The Surviving Mother: A Sad Mom-ument

Eight-foot-tall bronze statue of a barefoot mom with a crying toddler and clutching baby. Unveiled May 2013, sculpted by Roman Galstyan. In memory of Armenian mothers who survived the 1915 genocide and created a new generation of Armenians.

St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church and Cultural Center

2054 E. Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV
St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church and Cultural Center. From the Strip turn east onto Convention Center Drive. Continue a half-mile until it ends at the monorail. Turn right onto Paradise Rd, then make the first left onto E. Desert Inn Rd. Drive 1.5 miles. Cross under the power lines, then cross Seneca Drive. The church (which doesn't look like a church) will be the fourth building on the left after Seneca Drive, between the neurologists' office and the Paradise Palms Apts. The statue is in the church's open-air interior courtyard.
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Surviving Mother.

The Surviving Mother: A Sad Mom-ument

Sculpture of mother and children escaping the Armenian Genocide.

[Donna and Bill Blum, 02/25/2015]

St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church unveiled the sculpture in 2013, in memory of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, when 1.5 million were exterminated by the Ottoman government. Most men were killed outright; women, children, and the elderly were deported on death marches to the desert in neighboring Syria, or women were forced to marry outside their faith. "The Surviving Mother" is a grim photo op resonating with the Armenian-American community, though it represents the women who escaped to make a new generation of Armenians. We're guessing that trough is filled with real or symbolic Syrian desert death march sand....

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