Tripler Army Medical Center pauses to remember lives lost during the horrific atrocities of the holocaust during at National Day of Remembrance ceremony on May 1, 2014 at the hospital.

The theme for the ceremony was "Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses" and recounted multiple incidents of genocide throughout history.

Guest Speaker, Seymour Kazimirski shared his mother's holocaust survivor story and stressed the importance of ensuring history never repeats itself through the act of remembrance.

Following the ceremony, Tripler staff members released hundreds of balloons as a symbol of remembrance.

Each color represented a concentration camp marking to include yellow for Jews, purple for bible students, green for professional criminals, white for Rwandans, brown for Romans, pink for homosexuals and sexual offenders, black for mental and physical disabilities, blue for foreign forced laborers and emigrants, dark red for political enemies and red for members of the Armed Forces to include enemy Prisoners of War or German deserters.

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