Hundreds of community members and local dignitaries gathered at the Alex Theatre to remember and honor victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian and Rafi Manoukian were some of the speakers during the memorial event Tuesday.
Armenians continue demanding recognition of the genocide, which many historians say was the first genocide of the 20th Century, according to Huffington Post.
President Barack Obama referred to the killings nearly a century ago as "one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century," Huffington Post reported.
He has, however, stopped short of saying the word genocide.
Obama had vowed as a presidential candidate to recognize the genocide once in office, however he has faced opposition from Turkey, a key NATO ally, Huffington Post reported. Turkish leaders have long rejected the term genocide to describe the massacre.
Call for Comments: Do you think President Barack Obama should recognize the Armenian Genocide, with the term genocide? How should we remember the victims?