On April 24th 2012, Armenians of the Coachella Valley as well as members of St. Garbed’s ACYO (Armenian Church Youth Organization) planned, and carried out a peaceful Armenian Genocide convoy/protest. The members put flags, signs, and their Armenian spirit all over their cars and drove from our Church, to El Paseo and then all the way down to Downtown Palm Springs.
The attention we received was just what we had anticipated to get, plus so much more. The feeling we all got as we were driving was a spirit that you cannot explain. It was happiness, sadness, and excitement all put together.
Our Church and youth organization has put together in previous years many different activities to promote awareness, but this year we wanted to do something different. As we were stopped at red lights people rolled down there windows and asked us what the protest was about, and in Palm Springs we received peace signs and applause by other and also by many visiting Armenians. We made two trips around Downtown Palm Springs and headed back to Church were we held a requiem service led by Rev. Father Krikor Zakaryan.
As Armenians and one of the oldest cultures we should do everything in our power to never let anyone burry the fact, that 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, and children were slaughtered at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. May God bless the souls of those who have fallen. Their memories will always live on. Armenians are still here and we will never let the world forget.
APRIL 24th, 1915 NEVER AGAIN!!!
Article from Ani Markarian, St. Garabed ACYO