The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved funding for the Armenian Genocide Memorial Tree Project, spearheaded by Councilmember Paul Krekorian and with the aim of planting 100 pomegranate trees across city parks and in each of the 15 council districts to mark the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
The first pomegranate tree was planted earlier this year at City Hall on April 23 during LA’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Asbarez reports.
“Los Angeles has unquestionably taken the lead in showing solidarity and standing on the side of justice
and recognition for the Armenian people,” said Councilmember Krekorian. “This project will serve as a living genocide memorial and symbol of the Armenian people’s history as we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.”
“Anyone who comes to City Hall or travels throughout our city will see the pomegranate trees, which will continue to flourish as the Armenian community has. It will stand as a sign of hope, rebirth, and survival,” added Kerkorian.
Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents Council District 2, which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and other communities in the east San Fernando Valley. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates.