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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, April 19 2012

Today's Focus:

National Days of Remembrance

Senior Leaders are Saying

The Army is a value-based organization where dignity, respect, honor, discipline and integrity aren't simply slogans or bumper stickers, but they are the hallmarks and foundational tenets of the profession of arms, and they are the mandates and watchwords of the treasure that we endeavor to serve.

- Brig. Gen. Barrye L. Price, director of Human Resources, Army G-1.

Army lauds slight increase in sexual assault reporting

What They're Saying

If you vaccinate enough people, you prevent the disease and it can no longer exist in the population eventually it's eradicated. So, if you believe that concept, then we need to figure out a way to prevent cancers, as opposed to detect them earlier or treat them better&hellip I think that is theoretically possible, it's just a matter of identifying the most useful antigens to target.

- Col. George E. Peoples, chief of surgical oncology at the San Antonio Military Medical Center

Army surgeon on track to head off cancer before it starts

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

April

National Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Month Related STAND-TO! Related website: SHARP

Month of the Military Child


April 15 - 22: Days of Remembrance for Victims of the Holocaust

April 22: Earth Day

May

National Mental Health Month: Related website- Army Medicine Behavioral Health
National Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Women's Health Care Month: Related website- Health Women
National Military Appreciation Month
Military Spouse Appreciation Day: Related website- Army.mil: Army Families

May 5 - 7: 5th Annual I. A.M. Strong Campaign Prevention Summit (Registration)

Today's Focus

National Days of Remembrance: Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue

What is it?

National Days of Remembrance is observed from April 15-22, 2012. This week, we remember not only the millions of victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also the heroes whose actions saved incalculable lives. Less than 70 years ago, witnesses to the atrocities of Nazi-occupied Europe, were faced with the choice of stopping the persecution of their neighbors and fellow countrymen or standing by in acquiescent silence. Unfortunately, fearing for their own lives, many people opted for the latter. However, some remarkable individuals chose action over fear, courageously standing up to tyranny and hatred.

We remember heroes such as the villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Ligon, France, who hid 5,000 Jews and guided many of them across the Swiss border to safety. We remember the Danish resistance fighters who ferried almost all of Denmark's Jews out of harm's way and into Sweden. We remember the American Soldiers who liberated the Nazi concentration camps, and bore witness to horrors that many would try to deny. Many stories of rescue belong to individuals whose names were never recorded by history - the government official who forged identity papers the families who hid Jewish friends in their attics and basements the nuns who offered a safe haven to Jewish children.

What has the Army done?

Army leadership has asked the entire Army family to honor the courage of those individuals who chose to take a stand against persecution by rejecting all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Leadership has also asked us to remain vigilant against the threat of genocide and to let us honor both those who perished and those who quietly triumphed over oppression by letting our actions illustrate tolerance and respect for all people.

What is planned for the future?

The Army will pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust by telling their stories in command information products at all levels. Army installations throughout the world will also honor them through local events during the month.

Why is this important to the Army?

As an Army, we must reject all forms of prejudice, bigotry, and hatred in order to remain strong. As we mourn those who were lost and honor the survivors, we should remember the hatred and persecution that led to the atrocities that we must remain vigilant against.

Resources:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Days of Remembrance

Related article: Choosing to act: Stories of rescue

Related blog: Day of remembrance: 70 years after Executive Order 9066

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