Baytown, TX: Faith leaders in Baytown have made a practice of coming together for charitable efforts; however, on Saturday, April 6th, 2013, they will come together for a different reason: a Holocaust March of Remembrance. .
The Holocaust March of Remembrance is a nationwide interdenominational effort by Christians to stand alongside the Jewish people in their remembrance of Yom Hashoah, “The Catastrophe.” Following the inaugural march for the Houston area held in Kingwood in 2012, the effort has spread citywide in 2013 with seven marches being held over two days in the Houston Metro area on the weekend of April 6th and 7th.
After hearing about the March of Remembrance from a friend on Facebook, Pastor Jim Gill of Faith Presbyterian Church was inspired to sponsor a March in Baytown. “After just a few minutes of talking with the March organizers it became obvious that this was something of which I wanted to be a part,” Gill stated. “We now have representatives from eight congregations in Baytown that are interested in being a part of the March. “
Held on Saturday, April 6th, the Baytown march will begin and end at Faith Presbyterian Church located at 3900 Main Street. A brief opening ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm followed by a two mile prayer walk ending at Faith Church.
A memorial service will follow beginning at 3:00 pm. Mr. Al Marks, a Holocaust survivor of four concentration camps will share his experience as the keynote speaker. Mr. Mark’s daughter, Karen Aarons the Vice President of Religion for K’Nesseth Israel in Baytown.
Between the services, docents from the Houston Holocaust Museum will be available to answer questions. Also present will be Baytown resident, Deanne Cummings, author of “Knights of Warsaw” and teacher for Goose Creek ISD. The book is a fictional account portraying life in the World War II era Warsaw ghetto.
The community is invited to attend this free event and is encouraged to preregister online at http://holocaustremembranceassociation.org/se
About the March of Remembrance Houston
The Holocaust March of Remembrance Houston will be held on the weekend of April 6th and 7th, 2013, in seven communities across the Houston area. Beginning with a prayer walk and culminating with a memorial service honoring both Holocaust survivors and the rescuers. To participate in the march in your area, visit http://www.holocaustremembranceassociation.org/participate and register online.
The March of Remembrance Houston (www.holocaustremembranceassociation.org) is part of the U.S. March of Remembrance and March of Life (Europe.) The March of Remembrance/March of Life provides an opportunity for people worldwide to take a stand against modern day anti-semitism, to publicly demonstrate their respect for the Jewish people, and their right to exist as a nation.