March of Remembrance
Boca Raton, FL
When: Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day),Sunday,April 7, 2013, 3pm
Where: March Route: Staging at Sugar Sand Park, then proceed on Camino Real to Sanborn Square for rally with music, speakers, refreshments, etc.
Stopping Point Location: mid-point location.
Who: Collaboration of local rabbis, pastors and leaders of various Holocaust-related non-profit organizations, children of Holocaust survivors, and Holocaust Survivors to direct and plan the event; setting aside any theological differences in single-minded, unified effort toward our vision and mission.
Vision: The “March of Remembrance” is an expression of unity among Christians and Jews in acknowledging the Holocaust and taking a public, joint stand against anti-Semitism so that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never again be repeated.
Mission: “March of Remembrance” is a regional, collaborative effort uniting the South Florida community from many churches, synagogues and community groups in a solemn, walk of remembrance on the streets of Boca Raton to (1) acknowledge the atrocities of the Holocaust; (2) honor living Holocaust survivors and pay tribute to the lives that were lost; (3) raise awareness and advance Holocaust education, and (4) take a public stand, together as act of solidarity, against anti-Semitism.
· Unity and joint solidarity through community participation. Our goal is participation from every church and synagogue in the Boca Raton area.
· Increase Holocaust awareness by taking our March to the streets of Boca Raton, along a highly visible route from Sugar Sand Park to Sanborn Square. Using our march to be symbolic, bringing awareness to the “death marches” that occurred closer to the end of WWII. When Nazi Germany withdrew its soldiers from forced labor camps, Jews were forced to march hundreds of miles, while those who lagged behind were murdered.
· Advance Holocaust education among participants though poignant, real life stories of actual Holocaust survivors told at stopping points.
· Engage the active participation of local Holocaust survivors to remove the veil of silence and shame that has kept their powerful stories from being told. Allowing them to see a community stand together to carry their stories to future generations and through this giving them comfort that their voices will be heard forever. In this, we wish to honor the Holocaust survivors publicly by stepping out together to say “Never again!”
· Honor the lives lost in the Holocaust with signs along the walk listing the names of those who perished.
· Generate multi-media event publicity to support our Vision and Mission with a unified voice of Christians and Jews.