April 25, 2004
About 800 people turned out Saturday for a ceremonial raising of the
Armenian flag over Fresno City Hall. The event was part of the weekend
observance commemorating the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million
Armenians were killed in Turkey from 1915 to 1923. Also Saturday, an
Armenian Martyrs Day Commemoration ecumenical service was held at Holy
Trinity Apostolic Church with
Rabbi Kenneth Segal as speaker. At 1 p.m. today there will be an observance
at Soghomon Tehlirian’s monument in Ararat Masis Cemetery.
(Picture Caption) Veraim Krikorian, 77, sings the Armenian National anthem
as the flag goes up.
(Picture Caption) A gust of wind unfurls the flag as it is raised be Sevag
Jierian, member of the Homenetmen Armenian Scouts, Troop 12. Other Scouts
pictured are Aleen Postoyan, and Jenya Bakanian.