Chappell Hill, TX: While Chappell Hill is known for its bluebonnet walks, on April 6th, 2013, it will host a different type of walk, a Holocaust March of Remembrance. The march will begin with an opening ceremony at the corner of FM 1155 and Poplar Street and then proceed with a prayer and awareness walk through historic Chappell Hill. A memorial and remembrance service will be hosted by Routt Missionary Baptist Church.
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.
Rosemary McLean, Pastor of Routt Hill Baptist Church and ministerial lead for the Northwest march encourages fellow pastors and community members to join in the Chappell Hill march by stating, “We believe God is bringing healing to all nations, breaking down barriers of dividing walls, and bringing reconciliation. We stand against prejudice and racism of any kind. We support the Holocaust March and Memorial Service as we stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters and say “Never Again.’”
Commencing at 9:00 am, a brief opening ceremony will be held behind Providence Baptist Church at the corner of Poplar Street and FM 1155 with a welcome and praise dancers. The one mile prayer and awareness walk will follow passing the Chappell Hill Historical Museum and the site of Chappell Hill college, as well as the oldest circulating library in Texas.
Following the march, participants are invited to enjoy lunch in one of the Chappell Hill restaurants before proceeding to Routt Missionary Baptist Church located at 11670 2447 FM, Chappell Hill, for the memorial service at 1:00 p.m.
Lili Gordon, Houstonian and Holocaust survivor, will be the keynote speaker at the memorial service. Ms. Gordon was born in a cattle car as her mother was fleeing the Nazi occupiers in their native Ukraine. She tells of a tortuous journey to freedom fraught with danger. After escaping first the Nazis and then the Communists, Ms. Gordon and her family made their way to the U.S. Ms. Gordon is dedicated to educating the youth about the horrors of the Holocaust and the dangers of hatred and divisiveness.
The community is invited to attend this free event and is encouraged to preregister online at http://holocaustremembranceassociation.org/nw
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.