Warriors of 94th AAMDC observe ‘Days of Remembrance’

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Lidia Zavalzasalgado lights a candle in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust, April 30. The event gave participants the opportunity to learn about the tragic circumstances of the Holocaust.

Pfc. Lidia Zavalzasalgado lights a candle in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust, April 30. The event gave participants the opportunity to learn about the tragic circumstances of the Holocaust.

HONOLULU — The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command hosted a Holocaust remembrance program that stirred the audience, April 30.

The remembrance was held to educate participants on how the Holocaust came about and how its tragic impact still effects the lives of victims and family members of victims, some of who are within our very own ranks today.

“The program was very informative,” said Staff Sgt. Lehua Johnson, supply. “It truly opened my eyes to what that culture went through during that time, and how even today it still impacts the lives of their family members.”

Guest speaker Mia Starmer Reisweber provided an incredible amount of visual aids for the audience to compliment her lecture on the history of the Holocaust. She went into details about how the men and women were singled out and forced into ghettos because of their culture. Images of living conditions, displayed across the event’s projection screen, showed how they were bunched up 20 to a tiny room and forced to sleep on nothing but wood boards.

“Seeing those photos really gave you an idea of what they went through; they looked starved,” said Sgt. 1st Class O.J. Milne, supply operations. “I couldn’t imagine having to go through something like that. My heart went out to them.”

The ceremony continued with a proclamation reading of “Days of Remembrance,” read by Staff Sgt. Cameron Carter, fires support.

“It was a privilege to take part in such an incredible program,” said Carter. “Learning more about the Holocaust gave me a better understanding of how tragic of a time that was. It truly gives the saying, ‘If it affects one, it affects us all,’ a whole other meaning in my eyes,”

The program concluded with a candle lighting ceremony and a moment of silence, followed by music, the playing of “Zog Nit Keynmol” or Hymn of the Partisans. The poem, set to music, was written by poet Hirsh Glik during the 1943 Warsaw Uprisng. The song quickly spread beyond the ghetto and was soon adopted as the partisans’ official anthem.

Today, the words of the song remind us “you are never going on your last road.”

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