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Eighth Army holds holocaust observance ceremony

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea Eighth Army held a Holocaust Remembrance Observance, hosted by 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, in the Naija Ballroom at the Dragon Hill Lodge April 12.

U.S. Navy Lt. Laurie Lans speaks at the Eighth Army Holocaust Remembrance
Observance at the Dragon Hill Lodge on Yongsan Garrison April 12. U.S. Army
photo by Cpl. Shin Seok-ha, Eighth Army Public Affairs.

The event started off with an invocation and a candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of the victims.

This year’s guest speaker, Navy Lt. Laurie Lans, set the tone for her speech with a firm statement, “There’s no humor in this speech because it’s a heavy subject.”

Lans , who is a United States Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer, supports the U.S. Military Jewish Congregations of Korea and has passionately studied the Holocaust for many years.

During the speech, Lans stressed the importance of learning from the Holocaust.

“When we hear hatred, segregation, discrimination, dehumanization, this is the lesson learned,” she said. “Not to place blame but to move forward to learn and prevent genocide.”

She also mentioned how to prevent such a horrific event, hoping to shed light onto this year’s theme, “Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs.”

“If you have one take away from today, and one take away only, it would be that warning signs are there for a reason, if they’re taken seriously. Nobody in this room could ever claim that we didn’t know.”

The observance took place as part of "the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust," an annual 8-day period established by the United States Congress to commemorate the mass murder of six-million Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II.

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