City Council Approves Memorial Committee Report

GLENDALE–In a vote of 4-0–the Glendale City Council Tuesday approved recommendations presented by the citizens’ memorial advisory committee–established in June to probe ways by which the city can commemorate the Armenian Genocide and other such atrocities.

The committee highlighted education as the key to successfully address the commemoration issue and presented a five-point suggestion list for the council–which will evaluate each recommendation at an upcoming meeting,.

In presenting the report–committee co-chairperson Mary Boger quoted philosopher George Santayana’s famous saying: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

She said education was the impetus for the recommendations to commemorate the Armenian Genocide–as well as other acts of "man’s inhumanity to man."

The committee’s suggestions were as follows: n The council should accept the gift of a monument to the victims of the Armenian Genocide and the Americans who helped save Armenian lives. n The council should co-sponsor an annual commemoration program during the week of April 24 to address crimes against humanity. n The council should create a committee to plan a room in a library or other city facility that addresses crimes against humanity. n The council should recognize March 31–Cesar Chavez’s birthday–as an official day of commemoration for injustices inflicted upon Latino farm workers–and be amenable to additional requests to create days of commemoration. n The committee looks with favor upon the future creation of a universal monument to crimes against humanity.

The 30-person committee–appointed in June met for several weeks in meetings–which were open to the public

"The committee truly came together and addressed the issue of divisiveness within the city and through their work the community will better be able to address those issues," Councilman Rafi Manoukian told Asbarez Wednesday.

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