Kingwood, TX: For the third year running, the Kingwood community will come together this Saturday, April 26, for the Holocaust March of Remembrance Houston. Since 2012, Kingwood has been a leader in bringing the March to Houston, and has been the launching ground for it to spread throughout the greater Houston area, now spanning two days and five locations.
“It’s been an occasion for reflection as we prepare for this march,” said Pastor Doyle Theimer of Christ the King Lutheran Church. “We have to be diligent and accountable for what we stand for, and what we stand against. We always have to be prepared to stand against evil, even when it costs us. We don’t have the luxury of being complacent in a world where evil is active.” And the March of Remembrance provides a way for the community to lead by standing for justice and human dignity.
The March of Remembrance is an event sponsored by Christians, and held in cities throughout the US, to honor and remember those who suffered in the Holocaust, their descendants, and the rescuers who risked their lives to help their fellow man. It provides a unique opportunity to learn about the Holocaust through first-hand accounts of survivors, and to raise awareness on the issue of social justice in a time of increasing anti-Semitism and when people groups worldwide suffer persecution.
The March in Kingwood
The March in Kingwood will begin with free registration and music at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 26, at Christ the King Lutheran Church (3803 W Lake Houston Parkway). The opening ceremony and Memorial service begins at 2:00pm, with testimonies from Holocaust survivor, Al Marks, survivor of four concentration camps, and Steve Finkelman, second generation of Holocaust survivors.
Following the ceremony is a 1.7 mile prayer walk beginning at Christ the King Lutheran Church, passing by the Veteran’s Honor Garden Memorial at Creekwood Middle School before looping back from Kingwood Drive to Christ the King Lutheran for fellowship, music and refreshments.
For more information about the March of Remembrance, and to register for the event, click here.
About the March of Remembrance Houston
The 2014 March in Houston will be held at five Houston area locations, with synagogues and churches from many denominations participating. Each location will hold memorial services with testimonies from Holocaust survivors, along with a prayer and awareness walk. Several locations will also host descendants of Nazi members who will be flying in from Germany to acknowledge the wrongs of their ancestors and to express repentance.
At the same time as the March in Kingwood, three other Marches in the greater Houston area will be taking place: in Baytown (Trinity Episcopal Church), in Brenham (Cannery Kitchen), and in Webster (Praise Chapel). Then on Sunday, April 27, the central event in Meyerland will begin at 12:30pm in Godwin Park (5101 Rutherglenn Dr) and conclude at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, where participants may join with the Jewish community’s memorial service coordinated by Holocaust Museum Houston.