Days Of Remembrance For The Victims Of The Holocaust

4/27/2014

WHEREAS, the Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945—six million Jews were murdered; Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons; and millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny; and 

WHEREAS, the history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies, and governments; and 

WHEREAS, we the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia should always remember the terrible events of the Holocaust and remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny; and 

WHEREAS, we the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia should actively rededicate ourselves to the principles of individual freedom in a just society; and 

WHEREAS, the Days of Remembrance have been set aside for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia to remember the victims of the Holocaust as well as to reflect on the need for respect of all peoples; and 

WHEREAS, pursuant to an Act of Congress (Public Law 96-388, October 7, 1980), the United States Holocaust Memorial Council designates the Days of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust to be from Sunday, April 27, through Sunday, May 4, 2014, including the Day of Remembrance known as Yom Hashoah, April 28, 2014; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize Sunday, April 27 through Sunday, May 4, 2014, as DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and in honor of the survivors as well as the rescuers and liberators, and further proclaim that we, as citizens, should work to promote human dignity and confront hate whenever and wherever it occurs.

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