The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, religious organizations, and civic centers host observances and remembrance activities for their communities.
U.S. Army shared on Facebook:
'Congress established 1- 8 May 2016 as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. During the Days of Remembrance, the U.S. Army community joins the nation to remember not only the millions of victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also the heroes whose actions saved incalculable lives.'
The Army community continues to honor the courage of those individuals who chose to take a stand against persecution. Rejecting all forms of prejudice and bigotry while remaining vigilant to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect reflects the values that epitomizes the Army.
The Army community will continue to honor the courage and sacrifice of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Personal courage and respect are two hallmarks of the Army values.
The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed about six million Jews. The victims included 1.5 million children and represented about two-thirds of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe.
Some definitions of the Holocaust include the additional five million non-Jewish victims of Nazi mass murders, bringing the total to about 11 million. Killings took place throughout Nazi Germany and German-occupied territories.