As I migrated to Boston, I would either organize stuff through our Armenian Club on go to the ACEC in Watertown for a lecture by Hovhanessian, Dadrian, etc. Again, the bonding and communal experience was strong. Community events would be earnest in commemorating the dead, if not somewhat predictable. Selfless organizers always did a great job in putting together programs and such.
These days, Genocide recognition should be more subtle in using the press and media to tell OUR story while putting pressure on Turkey. The internal commemoration should stay our business, but, utilizing all our resources in using the media to tell the story is now at a crucial state. The Boston Globe had an extraordinary expose on 4 Genocide survivors on the April 24th issue of their paper. It was oral history as told by the survivors themselves with no narration from the Boston Globe. it was raw, chilling, and very effective. Haunting, really. And, the use of the term "Armenian Genocide" was used, something banned from the pages of the Globe and Times for years. Times are changing.