Today is April 24, a solemn commemoration of the beginning of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottomans.
It's now been 100 years since that systemic slaughter, and I had hoped this might be the year a US president joins most of the world in calling this genocide by its name.
But it seems on this our current president is like all others before him, unwilling to risk riling the current Turkish government despite their very spotty history of support for US initiatives.
More sadly, he's not alone. The British government, and most surprisingly the Israeli government, also do not officially use the world "genocide" when offering their muted sympathies.
And for all the movies of other genocides that occurred throughout the 20th century, the story of the Armenian holocaust is the one Hollywood won't tell. I hope one day they prove me wrong; the stories I heard from survivors in the Armenian community I grew up in deserve to be heard by all, especially in this era of growing denial.
But despite those who turn away from the pain of a hundred years without formal recognition of their struggle, today millions of Armenian-Americans and their friends are remembering that time, and today they will be heard.
Prayers to the families of all those affected.http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-armenian-genocide-anniversary-20150424-htmlstory.html