Fresno Bee (California)
April 20, 2004, Tuesday FINAL EDITION
Armenian flag to rise in Fresno
by Vanessa Colon THE FRESNO BEE
For the first time, the community will witness the raising of the
Armenian flag next to the flags of the United States and California.
The 10- by 15-foot Armenian flag will go up at 10 a.m. Saturday at
Fresno City Hall as part of observation of the Armenian genocide.
Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered at the
hand of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, which sprang from the empire,
does not recognize the Armenian genocide.
On Friday, state Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, is scheduled to
speak at noon. A film and a candlelight vigil will follow at 7 p.m.
at McLane Hall at California State University, Fresno.
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church will hold the Armenian Martyrs
Day Commemoration Ecumenical Service at 7 p.m. Saturday. Ararat Masis
cemetery will hold another commemoration at 1 p.m. Sunday at Soghomon
For more information on the flag ceremony, call 486-1918; for
Friday’s event, call 278-2669; and to reach Holy Trinity Armenian
Apostolic Church, call 486-1141.
The reporter can be reached at [email protected] or 441-6313.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress