Armineh Aslanan spent Tuesday running from Montebello to Los Angeles and back to her hometown of Glendale as she tried to attend as many Armenian Genocide Commemoration events as she could.
“I feel that it’s something that every Armenian should do, they should at least attend one of the events,” Aslanan said. “To remember. To give respect.”
Aslanan was one of nearly 1,400 people who packed the Alex Theatre Tuesday night at a city-sponsored event commemorating the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which began in 1915 when the Ottoman Empire massacred roughly 1.5 million Armenians.
Missing from the audience, though, was Kim Kardashian, who was personally invited by Councilman Ara Najarian last week after news circulated that she planned to take the Glendale mayoral seat within five years.
Najarian said Kardashian sent her regrets and created a video to present during the event, but the file was incompatible with the theater technology. The video described the general importance of remembering the genocide, Najarian said.