My mother subscribes me every year to an Armenian community newspaper here in the LA area, The Armenian Observer. I found this article by an eighty year old Armenian woman, Mary Najarian. I typed most of it here so we can all remember that some immigrants ‘get it,’ they understand what Memorial Day is all about. I loved this and hope you do, too:
The fourth Monday of May, Memorial Day, has been a very special day of remembrance for my entire family, just as April 24th (Z: the Armenian genocide memorial day) has always been.
Sixty years ago, as a young girl of twenty, I came to America after spending my early years in Aleppo, Syria, and then Beirut, Lebanon. I thank the Lord for having guided me to come to America and for giving me the opportunity to live and raise my wonderful children in this beloved country which I call HOME.
Every year, I look forward to attending the Memorial Day Services. When my children were young they would march in the parades waving the American flag and we proudly cheered for our country. I was filled with great joy knowing that my children were learning to respect and appreciate what Memorial Day signified.
Two years ago, I attended two memorial services for soldiers, including two Armenian Americans who were heroes of Vietnam. Something has been bothering me since I attended those public memorial services. In Glendale (where a large contingency of Armenian immigrants live) I saw only maybe five other Armenians. Out of 300 chairs there were over 100 empty chairs. The main speaker of the day, Major General Mark MacCarley made a comment, “If it were a free movie at the local theater, the place would have been packed. Where are the people of Glendale?” I turned and whispered to my husband “Where are the Armenian Americans of Glendale?” Where are the Scouts? Where are the children? If 50% of Glendale is Armenian, then why aren’t half the people there Armenians?
Let us show our friends and neighbors that we are proud to be Armenian Americans. Let us show our community that we are GRATEFUL for the sacrifices the young men and women have made for us. They have given the most precious thing; their lives. And they did that so you and I could come and live in this wonderful and beloved country we call America.
Would that all immigrants felt this way. And hurrah for those who do!
THANK YOU to all my readers who’ve served; thank you to all who gave their lives, and thank you to the American families over these many years who’ve grieved for their own who were lost in battles since our country’s inception. How can there not be a bigger word than THANK YOU? I wish there were.
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