Niagara Gazette — Following the kickoff, I head out to take some quick photos of as many of the groups hard at work as I can reach during the morning. Then at noon all are invited to the Oasis Shelter at Hyde Park for a hot dog picnic to brag about what they did and have some general camaraderie. We have some great local sponsors who have been with us for all these years providing the refreshments. The Niagara Gazette provides the hot dogs, Tops Friendly Markets and DiCamillo’s provide the buns, Sam’s Club gives us condiments, water and charcoal and more water comes from Walmart and Great American Clean Up in Buffalo.
Piccirillo Florist joined the ranks this year with something for the sweet tooth. So it is not all work and certainly provides a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.
There is still time to sign up as an individual, family or organization by calling 205-0287. You can select your own location or one will be assigned later. Come on out and help to Beautify Niagara on Saturday.
The next day is the Armenian Genocide Commemoration which begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Cenotaph Park on the corner of Pine and Main where Armenians and persons of all backgrounds are welcome to gather at their monument to place a wreath remembering the historical significance of the event. Following a Divine Liturgy service at St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, 322 Ninth St. at 11 a.m., a luncheon reception will be held. The public is invited to attend these services.
During April of 2012, I wrote some history of the genocide and how it affected many of our local Armenian population. These accounts are on the Niagara Gazette website. Although time does not allow the commemoration to continue at the Oakwood Cemetery this year, we can still remember those “residents” of Armenian descent who were part of the genocide and their survivors who now sleep at Oakwood.