The Armenian Genocide was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, from the Eastern part of Armenia, which was later illegally annexed by Turkey and made part of the Republic of Turkey. The starting date is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, and was carried out during and after World War I, implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the male population through massacre, and the mass deportation of women, children, and the elderly, on death marches into the Syrian desert; the deportees were deprived of food & water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.
Today Armenians worldwide will protest and march to have the genocide recognized as an actual event that occurred, since the Turkish Govt. continues to deny they were ever involved in the illegal annexation and genocide of the Armenians in Armenia. Germany, UK, France, Canada and many more countries have recognized the Armenian Genocide; the US continues to abstain from recognizing the event, although California and many states in our union have recognized the genocide.