Holocaust March of Remembrance set for Sarnia
Walk in remembrance of the Holocaust planned for Monday
A recently-formed Sarnia group plans to march downtown Monday in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.
It’s in connection with the March of Remembrance, a Christian prayer walk that began in Germany in 2007 and is now held annually in communities around the world.
“We are just saying, ‘We remember, and never again,” said Joanne White, one of the organizers in Sarnia.
The march is set for April 24, beginning at Sarnia City Hall at 3 p.m. and ending at the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre.
The march and other events are leading up to the May 24 Jerusalem Day national holiday in Israel.
White said the Sarnia committee is also planning a local event to mark that day.
“We’ve really just come together in the last couple of months,” White said.
“We’re kind of calling ourselves the Jerusalem Committee.”
White said approximately 20 people are expected to take part in the Sarnia march, but she added more may show up that day as word of the event spreads.
“If it isn’t brought into people’s memory, people forget the things that happened,” White said.
“Unless they’re told or something is done to bring it to the forefront, it will be forgotten.”
White said that when committee members contacted a U.S. March of Remembrance organization for information about how to become involved, they were told Sarnia may be the first Canadian community to hold a march.
T-shirts ordered for the Sarnia March of Remembrance will be available for $10 on the day of the walk, White said.
“I see this just as a beginning.”
The committee is currently made up of a group of five people, and White said she’s hopeful the March of Remembrance will become an annual event in Sarnia.
“We are required to make sure people do not forget,” she said.
This file picture taken on April 1945 depicts Auschwitz concentration camp gate, with the inscription "Arbeit macht frei", after its liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945. A March of Remembrance is planned for April 24, 3 p.m., beginning at Sarnia City Hall, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.