Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States, sent a letter of appreciation to John Heffern, the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, for the Clara Barton Golden Medal issued by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute within the framework of the memorial events dedicated to Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross and a great humanist.
On May 23, 2012, commemorative events dedicated to Clara Barton took place at the Armenian Genocide Museum as a joint initiative of the AGMI and the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Armenia.
During the memorial event, Hayk Demoyan, the director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, handed Clara Barton medals to John Heffern, the U.S. Ambassador, and Kevin Patti, American historian representing Clara Barton National Historic Site and U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Armenia. Clara Barton Golden medals were also sent to Barack Obama, President of the United States, and Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, through the U.S. Embassy in Armenia as a token of Armenian-American friendship.
In her letter, dated 12 August 2012 and addressed to Ambassador Heffern, Secretary Clinton expressed her appreciation to the organizers of the events, as well as to Hayk Demoyan, the director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, for commemoration of Clara Barton, for Clara Barton medal handed to her, and for cooperation between Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Armenia.