President Bush to Lead Capitol Hill Commemoration for Holocaust Victims During Days of Remembrance

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The national week-long commemoration
 of Days of Remembrance in memory of the millions of Holocaust victims, which
 starts on April 15, 2001, will be marked by a special ceremony on Capitol Hill
 on April 19. The keynote address delivered by President George W. Bush, and
 the ceremony will be attended by Holocaust survivors, Mrs. Laura Bush, Cabinet
 members and members of Congress.
     The ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda includes the lighting of six candles
 -- each one representing one million Jews who were murdered -- by a survivor
 accompanied by the First Lady and other U.S. officials; the presentation of
 flags representing each division of the U.S. Army that liberated a
 concentration camp; speeches, traditional hymns and the Kaddish.
     Also on Holocaust Remembrance Day, in a somber ceremony at the Hall of
 Remembrance at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the names of
 victims will be read aloud publicly throughout the day.
     "Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust is one of the most important
 activities undertaken by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and by
 the American people," says the Chair of the Museum's governing council, Rabbi
 Irving Greenberg. "We must never forget how the lives of the victims were so
 mercilessly slaughtered. How the voices of democracies remained ominously
 silent. And all of us must pledge to do what we can to ensure this never
 happens again."
     As mandated by Congress, each year the United States Holocaust Memorial
 Museum leads the nation in memorializing the victims of Nazi Germany.
 Consequently, with the encouragement and help from the Museum, similar events
 are held in hundreds of communities across America during the week of April
 15 - 22, 2001.
 
     The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national
 institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust
 history and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people
 murdered during the Holocaust. Since opening in April 1993, the Museum has
 welcomed more than 15 million visitors. The Museum's primary mission is to
 advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to
 preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to
 reflect upon the moral questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well
 as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.
 
 

SOURCE United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The national week-long commemoration
 of Days of Remembrance in memory of the millions of Holocaust victims, which
 starts on April 15, 2001, will be marked by a special ceremony on Capitol Hill
 on April 19. The keynote address delivered by President George W. Bush, and
 the ceremony will be attended by Holocaust survivors, Mrs. Laura Bush, Cabinet
 members and members of Congress.
     The ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda includes the lighting of six candles
 -- each one representing one million Jews who were murdered -- by a survivor
 accompanied by the First Lady and other U.S. officials; the presentation of
 flags representing each division of the U.S. Army that liberated a
 concentration camp; speeches, traditional hymns and the Kaddish.
     Also on Holocaust Remembrance Day, in a somber ceremony at the Hall of
 Remembrance at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the names of
 victims will be read aloud publicly throughout the day.
     "Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust is one of the most important
 activities undertaken by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and by
 the American people," says the Chair of the Museum's governing council, Rabbi
 Irving Greenberg. "We must never forget how the lives of the victims were so
 mercilessly slaughtered. How the voices of democracies remained ominously
 silent. And all of us must pledge to do what we can to ensure this never
 happens again."
     As mandated by Congress, each year the United States Holocaust Memorial
 Museum leads the nation in memorializing the victims of Nazi Germany.
 Consequently, with the encouragement and help from the Museum, similar events
 are held in hundreds of communities across America during the week of April
 15 - 22, 2001.
 
     The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national
 institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust
 history and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people
 murdered during the Holocaust. Since opening in April 1993, the Museum has
 welcomed more than 15 million visitors. The Museum's primary mission is to
 advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to
 preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to
 reflect upon the moral questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well
 as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.
 
 SOURCE  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum