Glendale News Press: Armenian Genocide commemoration in Glendale ends on note of unity and acceptance

Wednesday, May 1 2019

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) said his passion for spreading the word of the Armenian Genocide comes from his childhood, when his Italian immigrant mother told the horrors of the orphaned Armenian children.

“While survivors suffered with trauma, they shared with the world the inhumane crimes they witnessed and endured,” Portantino said. “I feel connected to those stories.”

In his speech, Portantino vowed to push the story forward. “The atrocities can never be undone. But through the appropriate embrace of history, Armenians can heal,” he said.

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