Monday, April 23, 2012

THE PAIN--AND IMPORTANCE--OF REMEMBERING

Assemblymen Rory Lancman (left) with Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Despite the rain, there was an impressive turn-out at the Yom Hashoah vigil yesterday in front of the Iranian Mission to the United Nations. I was delighted to be joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Congressman Bob Turner, as well as Assemblymen Rory Lancman and David Weprin.

The number of young people present was noticeably greater than last year. That’s very important because the essence of remembering the tragedy of the Shoah—and learning form it—now rests with the next generation. I’m grateful to the Yom Hashoah Mobilization Committee for putting this event together.

As we see from regular news reports, the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program and anti-Semitic rhetoric is very real and a day commemorating our international tragedy is an important reminder that we are never safe from those who would destroy us.

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