I did not agree with the effort to recall Mayor Gomez, nor do I
personally know anyone who did.
However, Harut Sassounian needs to understand that lowering the
American flag to commemorate non-American events on non-American soil is
not just '... an ambiguous protocol offense ...’ (“Important victory for
the Armenian community,” Jan. 11).
We native-born Americans take our flag very seriously. Just because
the silent majority did not support the recall effort does not mean we
support lowering the American flag for non-American events.
Nor do we support building a non-American memorial on city property.
There are no official memorials, and no official flag-lowerings, for the
Crusades, the Holocaust or all the other genocides that took place long
ago and far away. There’s no memorial honoring my Irish ancestors who
died at the hands of the British. Why? Because this is America. And
America is supposed to be about new beginnings, not rehashing ancient
Build your memorial on private property.