Remembrance

Annual Days of Remembrance Commemoration

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. The Governor of Georgia annually issues a proclamation declaring the Friday following the United States Holocaust Memorial Musem Days of Remembrance. On behalf of the State, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust hosts this ceremony in the State Capitol. 

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.”

2019 Candle Lighters
2019 Humanitarian Award Recipients
2019 Educator of the Year Recipients
2019 Student Community Service Award Winners