The 98th anniversary commemoration of a historic battle and rescue of Armenians will be held during Labor Day weekend in Fresno, the Musa Dagh Commemorative Committee said.
The committee said that Armenian villagers fought off Ottoman Empire soldiers from a peak called Mousa Ler for more than a month. The resistance continued until more than 4,000 villagers were rescued by Allied vessels.
The committee said the celebration will honor the "Forty Days of Musa Dagh" at the Fresno County Peace Officers Association Training Grounds at 7633 N. Weber Ave.
The commemoration will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the committee said, with traditional Davoul Zoorna and contemporary Armenian music, dancing, food, and the preparation of Herissa, a lamb and whole wheat stew that was first prepared by the defenders of Mousa Ler.
The event will continue at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday with the Divine Liturgy, Hokihankist and blessing of Herissa.
Visitation set for man killed in Vegas
A visitation service will be held Wednesday in Visalia for a man killed along with his brother-in-law, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer, in a Las Vegas carjacking.
Felix Brandon Cruz III, 31, of Visalia and Jesus "Jesse" Manuel Magdaleno Jr., 33, of Visalia were in Las Vegas for Magdaleno's bachelor party. Police say they were loading Magdaleno's pickup with luggage Sunday while checking out of the Flamingo hotel-casino when James Montgomery, 29, of Tustin got into the driver's seat of the Ford F-150 pickup and drove away from the valet area. Cruz was still in the cargo bed.
Magdaleno jumped into the cargo bed to help Cruz, but both men were thrown from the pickup when Montgomery crashed. Magdaleno died at the scene and Cruz died at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas the next day.
Visitation will be held for Cruz at the Miller Memorial Chapel at 1120 W. Goshen Ave. in Visalia on Wednesday from 6 to 8 a.m.