This year, April 24th started quite early in the day, with a 6:30 meeting time for a commemorative hike organized by AHA (Armenian Hiking Association), which is just getting off the ground.
This year’s commemorative trail began on April 14, in Encino, for me. The AYF’s Sardarabad Chapter had organized the fourth (if memory serves me correctly) “Cycle Against Denial,” a roughly nine-mile loop starting at the Ferrahian School. This is a great idea, but the participation was markedly lower this year.
It seems we as a society still have a lot of growing up to do. Here we are, 24 years after the first time Armenians ran for city council in Glendale to better represent that significant segment of the city’s the population, and we’re still encountering hate (Larry Zarian had served already, but his election was in a very different context).