What We Did
The image below is a map of the where the participants came from color coded by each location.
(This only includes those who 1. Filled out a registration card and 2. entered their zip code on the form . . . if you didn’t do either . . . 🙁 )
Pretty awesome right?
In reviewing the goals of the march, here is how we did:
Honor: At each of the seven locations, survivors and second generation survivors told their stories and communicated. The names of children lost were recited and remembered.
Engage: In total, just over 1,100 registration forms completed and we are estimating that between 1,300 and 1,500 people attended. Participants were from over 150different churches, synagogues, schools, and organizations. There were proclamations from four different cities: Houston, Missouri City, Baytown, and Hempstead. The proclamation in Baytown was read by Mayor DonCarlos himself.
Remember: We remembered those who were lost. We remembered the rescuers and recognized that no matter what your situation, you always have the opportunity to make a difference where you are.
Education: The theme for the 2013 March was “Heeding the Signs,” as we learn about the series of events that led up to the Holocaust we should remember that what happened before can happen again. We should be aware of what is going on around us in order to combat modern Anti-Semitism.
For example, this story was published just yesterday about the wife of Christian pastor who spoke at an anti-Jewish rally by the Jobbik party in Hungary.
The rise in Anti-Semitism is not just in Europe. A month ago a man was taunting a Jew on a subway in New York. When a police officer stepped in to stop it, the crowd attacked the officer. This is a video.
The March isn’t about one day a year. As Doug Stringer said, our goal should be to cultivate a culture of prayer. But not only that, we need to continue educating. There are more people to be reached and more to be taught than can be done in just a couple of hours a year.
In the spirit of that, the March of Remembrance is supporting a Holocaust Education Workshop on April 12, 2013 for educators that will be held at the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Ephraim Kaye, an internationally renowned facilitator and Director of International Seminars for Educators for the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem will teach the workshop.
This one day workshop is provided free of charge to educators, those in ministry, and home schoolers. In addition, attendees will receive the Echoes and Reflections Multimedia Curriculum.
The offsite workshop is eligible for continuing education credits.
This workshop is made possible by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the Holocaust Museum Houston, and Yad Vashem.
Seating is limited.
The information was sent to teachers in a couple school districts earlier today and there have been quite a few signups already.
If you are interested in the event and it is full when you try to register, please sign up for the waiting list.
We will confirm all those registered to make sure they will be coming prior to the event so all the open seats will be filled.
Right now, our max capacity is 40 people. Depending on the response, we’ll see if there is anything we can do to expand that. But no promises on that, so be sure to sign up right away if you want to attend.
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Don’t forget . . . if you have pictures from any of the marches or memorial services, please send them to us!