By Law, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is charged with holding an annual remembrance observance for the victims of the Holocaust.
The 2015 State Official Days of Remembrance Observance will be held in the State Capitol on April 17. The 2015 theme is "Witness to Liberation: 70 Years Later".
The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Since 1982, the USHMM has organized and led the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, with Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, White House officials, the diplomatic corps, and community leaders in attendance.
The Governor of Georgia annually issues proclamations declaring the Friday following the USHMM Days of Remembrance as Georgia's official Days of Remembrance. On behalf of the State, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust hosts this ceremony in the State Capitol.
This year, Holocaust remembrance week is April 12–19, 2015. The 2015 State Official Days of Remembrance Observance will be held in the State Capitol on April 17. The 2015 theme is "Witness to Liberation: 70 Years Later".
Following the presentation of awards and recognition of the Distinguished Educator of the Year and the student winners of the annual Art, Writing and Music Contest, six candles are lit by Holocaust survivors, the children of Holocaust survivors, and liberators in remembrance of the six million Jews that were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.