Karen S. Kim
GLENDALE -- Local residents interested in commemorating the 86th
anniversary of the Armenian Genocide won’t have as far to drive this
year, as Glendale for the first time joins dozens of other local
organizations in offering remembrance events next week.
Organized by a committee of community members and city staff,
Glendale’s “Week of Remembrance” will kick off Sunday night with a panel
discussion at the Glendale Central Library.
“This is the first for the city of Glendale, and I’m hopeful the whole
community will be out and this will be the beginning of them coming
together to recognize the differences of the various segments in the
community, as well as being educated about the different tragedies that
have affected mankind,” said Mayor Rafi Manoukian, who was chairman of
Local Armenian groups will also host candlelight vigils, marches,
services and ceremonies throughout the week to memorialize the
anniversary of the genocide.
An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed after being exiled by
the Ottoman Turks in 1915. The Turkish government denies allegations of a
genocide, while the U.S. does not officially recognize it.
The following is a roundup of several local events commemorating the
* A panel discussion on “Man’s Inhumanity to Man,” organized by the
city of Glendale, will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Glendale
Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St.
* A genocide exhibit including photos and explanations of the Armenian
Genocide and Holocaust will be on display from Sunday to the end of May
at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St.
* The Armenian Youth Federation will host a “March for Humanity” at 5
p.m. Sunday. The 3-mile walk begins at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian
School, 1615 Alexandria Ave. in Hollywood, and ends with a candlelight
vigil and closing ceremony in front of the Turkish Consulate, 4801
Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.
* A special Armenian Genocide commemoration service, which includes a
sermon by Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian, will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 500 S. Central Ave.
* United Armenian Students will host a march at 11 a.m. Wednesday beginning at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hobart Street in
Hollywood. Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti will speak after the
* A ceremony to honor Armenian Genocide victims will be held from 1 to
3 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Armenian Genocide Monument at Bicknell
Park, 850 Via San Clemente, Montebello.
* The Armenian Youth Federation will organize a protest from 4 to 6:30
p.m. Wednesday in front of the Turkish Consulate, 4801 Wilshire Blvd. in
* Glendale will host a commemoration event from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. The event will include a
video program, music, art exhibit and speeches from Levon Marashlian,
professor of history at Glendale Community College and Valery Mkrdaimian,
counsel general of Armenia. The civic auditorium is at 1401 N. Verdugo
* A closing ceremony for Glendale’s Week of Remembrance will be held
from 6 to 8 p.m. at Perkins Plaza behind City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. The
ceremony will include speeches from Holocaust survivors and Glendale
political activist Wanda Dorn, a performance by the Character and Ethics
Project and a candlelight vigil.