It amazes me that the “defenders of the American Flag” are now the
very same people who are opposed to a memorial for the Armenian Genocide,
which is to be gifted, free of taxpayer dollars, to the city. It begs the
question as to whether their motives are truly rooted in patriotism or
whether they are motivated by more sinister undertones. Their hatred is
palpable and quite unfortunate.
I chose to write this letter to assure your readers of Armenian
ancestry that these folk are not representative of the whole city, and
are a mere few who have chosen to shamelessly indulge in their own
As far as patriotism and respect for the flag are concerned, my
Armenian neighbors were probably the first on our street to have their
flags up after Sept. 11, far in advance of some of the more longtime
We are all immigrants from somewhere, and should never have our
patriotism questioned by the likes of Ms. Kussman and Mr. Mandoky.