Sen. Feinstein Calls for Compensation for Genocide Losses

Sen. Feinstein pays respect to Genocide victims at Montebello Martyrs Monument

Local, regional, and national ANCA leaders welcome visit by California’s Senior Senator to the Montebello Armenian Genocide Memorial

MONTEBELLO—US Senator Dianne Feinstein called upon Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide and calls for “some recompense” for the tragedies that Armenians suffered, during a wreath-laying ceremony last Thursday at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Montebello’s Bicknell Park.

Senator Feinstein was greeted at the Memorial, just before noon, by Armenian American church and community leaders, including Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church; Levon Kirakosian, who serves on the Prelacy’s Executive Counsel; ANCA National Board member Seto Boyadjian; Viken Pakradouni, Chairman of ANC-San Gabriel Valley; and Nazo Sardorian,
Chairman of the Armenian Cultural Foundation – San Gabriel Valley.

ANCA-WR Board Members, Raffi Kassabian and Pattyl Aposhian-Kasparian, helped lead the delegation, as did ANCA-WR Executive Director William Bairamian, and. Local clergymen, community activists, leaders of the Armenian Relief Society, and representatives from the Prelacy Ladies Auxiliary Committee also played an important role in greeting the Senator and participating in the wreath-laying ceremony.

Jack Hadjinian, an ANC SGV activist, who is currently a top candidate for election to Montebello’s city council, Murad Minassian, local ANC-San Gabriel Valley activist and community leader, and Michael Minassian, part of the original organizing committee which spearheaded the approval, funding, and construction of the monument. The Senator’s wreath-laying was followed by formal remarks to all those gathered, informal discussions regarding Armenian American civic and advocacy priorities, and an interview by Horizon Armenian Television.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.


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  1. Ashod Krikorian said:

    this is laughable, more propaganda! There is something BIG planned for Iran and these jokers are trying every little trick to try and get us on their side.

  2. zareh said:

    “some recompense”
    Senator Feinstein, we want Western Armenia with its six historic Armenian provinces.

  3. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Let Us pray for our souls who were slayed (slain)
    but not to forget that there are still million of Armenian
    Alive in Anatolia and Turkified (lost their religion…Identity…language)
    As Fathia Cetin said in her book
    “We have “two I’s” identities: One in and One out ”
    after discovering that her mother was Armenian…
    Those people should be helped
    To show the Universe that
    Turks are still genociding Armenian identities…
    After vanishing 2600 Churches and schools…
    ” No one is allowed to lilt that his genes are Armenian even in a closed room…!”


  4. LB said:

    If I didn’t know that Moushegh Srpazan is not 7 feet tall, I’d swear that was Phil Jackson standing to his right.

  5. The Truth said:

    The best what Armenian parliament should do , would be the ratification of The Treaty of ‎Sèvres (10 August 1920) and wait and see- nobody can balm Armenia for having ‎ratified of The Treaty of Sèvres