Remembrance

By Law, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is charged with holding an annual remembrance observance for the victims of the Holocaust.


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, religious organizations, and civic centers host observances and remembrance activities for their communities."
- "Days of Remembrance" United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
 


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. 
 
At the ceremony, the Commission presents its annual awards including the Humanitarian Award and the Distinguished Educator of the Year. The winners of the annual Creative Arts Student Contest are also recognized. 
 
Six candles are lit by Holocaust survivors, liberators, witnesses, rescuers, of their children. These candles are lit in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.