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    Posted April 7, 2013 by
    Denver, Colorado

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    Never Forget: A March of Remembrance

    If you happened to be driving down Havana Street in East Denver this afternoon, you may have seen several hundred people converging at Babi Yar Park. Unlike others around the city, these people were not there to partake of a picnic with their family, nor to enjoy a day of leisure in the bright spring sunlight. They were there to remember. For today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
    This year's event began promptly at two with a welcome and the Posting of the Colors. Mayor Michael Hancock made the Official remarks, reading Governor Hickenlooper's proclamation to make April 7-14, 2013 Holocaust Remembrance Week. Opening remarks were followed by a silent march around the park, Israeli and American flags waving together with signs proclaiming “Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs,” the theme of this years event.
    Once the crowd had gathered again, the program proceeded as Jack Welner, a Holocaust Survivor, addressed the crowd. Despite a brief rainstorm that blew through as he spoke, most of the crowd remained where they were, somber and attentive. He was followed by Joe Warring from Creekside Bible Church and Todd Hennessy from the Colorado Holocaust Educators. Rabbi Chaim Urbach, the son of a Holocaust Survivor, as well as several other distinguished guests, then had the honor of lighting the memorial candles. These flames were passed along through the onlookers, as Rabbi Bill Berg and Dr. Hélène Dallaire recited Kaddish in honor of the estimated eleven million people killed in the Holocaust, six million of those being Jews. After a brief song, the ceremony closed with a benediction by Pastor Jack Serr and the Aaronic benediction by Rabbi Burt Yellin.
    As the crowd disbursed, it was with one word on their lips: Remember.

    Photos and story by D. Marie Darrow

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