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From marches to remembrances

April 24, 2001

Tim Willert

GLENDALE -- His was a rising star, one struck down before it could

reach its apex.

Glendale resident Michael Ganian was an Armenian recording artist who

played the accordion and wrote and performed music with universal appeal.

"For many, many residents of Glendale he is a symbol of the spirit to

keep the Armenian culture alive," said Appo Jabarian, managing editor of

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USA Armenian Life, which is published weekly in Glendale.

But Ganian was reportedly murdered one year ago today in

Czechoslovakia, details of which remain unclear.

"His death is a great loss for the Armenian culture," said Jabarian,

who is organizing a remembrance for Ganian at 11 a.m. today at Verdugo

Hills Country Club. "He was not a political activist, but he was active

in preserving his culture and heritage."

The event, which will include the dedication of an autobiography of

Ganian, is one of several events today throughout the Los Angeles area

commemorating the April 24 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

"From my point of view, Michael's loss is a continuation of the loss

sustained by Armenians," Jabbarian said.

An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed after being exiled by

the Ottoman Turks in 1915. The Turkish government denies allegations of a

genocide, and the U.S. does not officially recognize it.

IF YOU GO

The following events will take place today to commemorate the April

24th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide:

* A mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Armenian

Apostolic Church, 900 W. Lincoln Ave., Montebello.

* United Armenian Students will sponsor a 1.5-mile march through

Hollywood at 11 a.m. beginning at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard

and Hobart Street.

* A ceremony to honor the memories of Armenian Genocide victims will

be from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the Armenian Genocide Monument at

Bicknell Park, 850 Via San Clemente, Montebello.

* The Armenian Youth Federation is sponsoring a walkathon to raise

genocide awareness at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian

School, 1615 Alexandria Ave. in Hollywood. The march will wind its way to

the Turkish Consulate, 4801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Transportation

will be provided back to the school.

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