To honor Japanese and Armenian Americans, forget-me-not flower seeds will be planted at 5 p.m. Thursday at a downtown Fresno church, followed by a free concert.
Feb. 19 is a Day of Remembrance for the Japanese American internment, where American citizens of Japanese decent were forced into fenced camps during World War II.
David Mas Masumoto — a local Japanese farmer and Bee columnist — along with the Holy Trinity Armenian Church Youth Group will be planting the seeds in flower beds at the church, located at 2226 Ventura St.
Church leaders said in the spring, the seeds will grow into flowers and bloom to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Church leaders said historians estimate 1.5 million Armenians were murdered during the genocide. Those leading the flower planting said the event is meant to acknowledge the dark history “so it may never be repeated.”
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After the planting, the Bob Cole Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach, led by conductor Jonathan Talberg, will perform at 7 p.m.