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TN State Annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony

May 3rd, 2011

Tennessee State Day of Remembrance Ceremony
May 3, 2011


Survivors, families, friends and supporters gathered together on May 3, 2011 to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust as well as the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution.  The ceremony began with welcoming remarks delivered by Governor Bill Haslam

 and Senator Andy Berke.  The observance, “We Shall Never Forget” included music and dance from the St. George’s Choir, a performance by Dr. JemmiLou Rye (soprano) and Dr. Sandra Cox (flute), Doris Kosmin, and Molly Gibbons of the Nashville Ballet. Held at the State Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, the traditional Jewish prayer of  remembrance was recited and six Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year Awards were presented by Mr. Jack Belz.

 These awards were given to secondary school teachers whose excellence in teaching about the Holocaust has impacted students in classrooms throughout the state.  The award winning teachers come from Cleveland, Cornersville, Germantown, Morristown, Savannah, and Smyrna, Tennessee. Thoughtful reflections on the meaning of the day, coinciding with the national day of observance established by Congress in 1980, were made by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. The observance concluded with the  symbolic candle lighting by survivors and legislators. Following the ceremony Senators Andy Berke and Jack Johnson hosted a reception.

The "Living On" exhibit was displayed in the main hallway of the State Legislature from May 2-6, 2011.  Commission Chair Felicia Anchor would like to extend her  appreciation to all whose contributions of time made possible a ceremony of memory which highlights the continued work of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. The vision for awareness and prevention of prejudice and violence remains the primary focus of the THC. Through educational outreach, this work will reflect on its 26 years of  experience and will continue to bring together stories of the Holocaust for its annual Day of Remembrance.