Armenian flag to rise in Fresno

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
Tehlirian’s monument.

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

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS