I must set the record straight regarding the Armenian genocide observances in the Valley.
First off, we are proud of our rich Armenian culture, which is undeniably interwoven with our American culture. We have served in world wars; work in many sectors of business, real estate, sports, entertainment, agriculture, education, media, as well as political and judicial leadership. A small sliver of notable Armenian-Americans are Gov. George Deukmejian, William Saroyan, Kirk Kerkorian, Mike Connors, Jerry Tarkanian.
Armenian-American philanthropists give to our local community to benefit all of us. I am certain all listed above are proud Armenians, as well as proud Americans.
Ms. Kathryn Tuell of Kingsburg (letter July 24) stated in part “relax, enjoy their new country and the freedoms we have here.” I would respond in stating the ones listed above refused to “relax” when genocide was committed against their families. The pain is raw; the memories were vivid, and closure has yet to come.
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Ms. Tuell’s seemingly forfeited her Bohemian heritage, and history resolving to be “grateful for her homeland America.” She is mistaken if she believes Armenian-Americans are not “grateful,” we are. Andwe have no reason to forfeit our rich heritage or our history and just “relax.”
Rich Sanikian, Fresno