'Fresno stands with Armenia:' Remembering the Genocide victims and survivors
Fresno Bee Staff
The victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide were remembered Saturday as flags of Armenia and the U.S. were raised over Fresno's City Hall.
The keynote speaker at the event, which was first organized in 20014 by the Armenian National Committee of American – Central California and held annually since, was Harut Sassounian, publisher of the California Courier.
The acknowledgment of what transpired and apology "would not heal the wounds and undo the consequences of the genocide," Sassounian said. "Armenians are still waiting for justice to be served, restoring their historic rights and returning their confiscated lands and properties."
Harut Sassounian, publisher of the California Courier, gives his keynote address during the annual Armenian flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, outside Fresno City Hall on Saturday, .
Other speakers were U.S. Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno County Supervisor Andreas Borgeas.
Students of the Armenian Saturday School of the St. Paul Armenian Apostolic Church performed musical selections, and members of the Sassoon Chapter of the Homenetmen Scouts and the Fresno Army Recruitment Center served as the color guard.
The California, American and Armenian flags wave on flagpoles above the crowd during the annual Armenian flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, outside Fresno City Hall on Saturday, . CRAIG KOHLRUSS[email protected]