Holo­caust March of Re­mem­brance set for Sar­nia

Walk in re­mem­brance of the Holo­caust planned for Mon­day

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NEWS - PAUL MOR­DEN pmor­den@postmedia.com

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.

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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.

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