Annual Days of Remembrance Commemoration
2019 Days of Remembrance Program
The Responsibility to Educate
May 3, 2019
Georgia State Capitol, House of Representatives Chambers
Forty years ago in 1979, The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, community and religious organizations host observances and remembrance events. This year our theme is Holocaust Remembrance: The Responsibility to Educate.
Why should we learn and teach about the Holocaust? The Holocaust happened incrementally. At each juncture, individuals, organizations and governments made choices. What prompted these choices provides us with the opportunity to examine moral issues and human behavior. Learning about the Holocaust makes us reflect on our own behavior and our rights and responsibilities as American citizens.
We learn that democracy and freedom are precious. Our participation is necessary to maintain and protect our freedoms. We learn that we have a role in protecting civil and human rights. Elie Wiesel said: “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.”