Rememberance Day 2013

I had a different type of blog originally planned for today.  It was highlighting the past few days of my trip to DC.  However, while touring the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on Friday morning, I decided immediately that today’s blog needed to focus on something different.

Beginning today at sundown and though sunset tomorrow is known as Remembrance Day.  It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, which occurred in 1943.  I encourage everyone reading this blog to take a moment and reflect on the events of the Holocaust and to memorialize those whose lives were forever changed as result of a terrible act on humanity.

Below you will find a link to a 9 minute video which is titled “Why we Remember:
http://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/dor/video/?content=whyweremember

If you are ever visiting the DC area I encourage you to visit this memorial.  It is a moving, thought provoking and an educational walk through of the Nazi assault, the Final Solution and the Last Chapter of the Holocaust.

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There are no real words that can describe the feelings conjured during my visit to this memorial.  My “traveling buddy” and I both exited the museum and could not easily articulate our overall thoughts of the space.  Photography is already such a strong medium for me and images of such terrible acts of inhumanity have now been imbedded into my mind and I am genuinely appreciative of what this memorial offered and the education I received.

I was humbled and overcome with emotion as I walked into the museum’s Hall of Remembrance.  A space created for reflection where a solemn flame burns over dirt gathered from death camps, concentration camps and sites of mass execution. On the main wall reads the following inscription:

“Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully.  Lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life.  And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”

May God Bless this country, the people living in it and the people fighting hard to keep it safe. Much Love, J

http://www.ushmm.org

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One response to “Rememberance Day 2013

  1. Trey Greene

    I have been to Dachau in Europe and know this is a deeply moving experience. May we never forget so we don’t repeat it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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