ANNOUNCING . . .
the 2014 HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COMMEMORATION
Emmanuel Baptist Church, April 28, 2014 AT 7:00 pm.
General George S. Patton’s grandson will be the honored guest and featured speaker at the 2014 Holocaust Memorial Commemoration on April 28, 2014. He is George Patton Waters. His mother was the first born of General and Mrs. George S. Patton, Jr. He will share stories about his famous grandfather, General George Patton, who participated in the military maneuvers in Central Louisiana during the war, and in the liberation of the prisoners of the Holocaust.
George Patton Waters is a US Navy Reservist (1965-1970) and CIC Officer aboard USS Braine, DD 630. His tour included one West Pac Tour consisting of 3 years aboard ship. He is a Board Member Emeritus of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; Commissioner Emeritus of the Charleston County Aviation Authority; a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn. Board of Visitors; on the President’s Council of AOPA; is a board member of the Roper Hospital at Mount Pleasant, SC; serves as Vice Chairman of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation at Mt. Pleasant S.C., and is a past volunteer for the USS Yorktown. He is known as an excellent speaker, and no doubt, has enlightening stories to tell about his famous grandfather’s life and legacy.
This year’s commemoration will be the first event to be held after the installation of Alexandria’s Holocaust Memorial in downtown Alexandria.
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General Dwight Eisenhower prepared to liberate Europe here in Alexandria. Years later, when the work was done, he visited the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and personally witnessed the atrocities that took place there.
“I made the visit deliberately,” Eisenhower said, “to be in a position to give firsthand evidence if there develops a tendency to change these allegations to merely propaganda.” He knew how easily we forget, how convenient it is sometimes. Eisenhower did not want to forget.
“Never shall I forget,” wrote Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel in his memoir, Night. “Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever,” Wiesel wrote.
Now, here in Alexandria, even these many decades later, we are compelled to never forget. The Alexandria Holocaust Memorial will be a place of hope, of meditation, of peace. It will be a solemn place of remembrance. (meaningful words from Cenla Community Foundation’s website)
On November 10th, 2014 at 2:00 pm, the Memorial site at the corner of Fourth and Elliott streets will be revealed and dedicated to those who were lost but who will forever be remembered. Thanks to many generous donors—Jews as well as citizens of many faiths and from many parts of the country—so many have given generously to insure the success of this endeavor. As a result of that success, additional funds have been set aside to insure that educational school programs can be a part of the Memorial’s mission.
Many local leaders have worked to raise funds for the Holocaust Memorial—again Jews and citizens of many faiths. But no one was more dedicated to its completion than Rabbi Emeritus Arny Task. His life’s work and his legacy includes the teaching of Holocaust studies to students and adults, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust, and recognition and support for survivors. He has played a major part in the realization of this monument. The fundraising goals have been met—and exceeded; the monument is near completion; the date for its dedication has been set and the ceremonies have been planned. Please come and help Rabbi Task—and all of us—celebrate this major victory.
Marilyn Wellan, President & Editor