Days of Remembrance Observance invites Soldiers to reflect
May 12, 2011
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - The 3rd Infantry Division community was invited to attend a Days of Remembrance Observance, May 4, at the chapel on Hunter Army Airfield. More than 250 Soldiers and civilians attended the observance where keynote speaker, Sherry Dolgoff, member of the Savannah Jewish Federation's committee, spoke on "Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What have we learned'"
"It's especially significant to have a service like this on a military base because all these young Soldiers represent the best of the United States," said Dolgoff. "We don't want to represent our country negatively like the Nazis did to Germany."
The observance featured a video presentation and a candle lighting ceremony conducted by Spc. Kimberly Lemmon, a Jewish Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade.
"I wanted to participate in the observance because I think it's important to remember history," said Spc. Lemmon. "If you remember mistakes made in the past you are less likely to repeat them."
Sergeant First Class Jose Serrano, from the 3rd CAB's equal opportunity office organized the event and said he believed it went well.
"We wanted to make sure everybody got an education out of this service and I think that's what happened," said Sgt. 1st Class Serrano. "We also wanted to remember that the Holocaust was real and it did happen, it's not just a story. The survivors wanted to make sure the world didn't forget what happened and we want to honor them by sharing their story to our Soldiers and community."