Events

April 12, 2013

NEVER AGAIN: Heeding the warning signs

Rabbi John Linder of Temple Solel in Paradise Valley speaks to attendees at the Days of Remembrance luncheon held Monday on Luke Air Force Base. Rabbi Linder spoke about the significance of the day and how we can remember and honor both the lost and the survivors of the Holocaust.

More than 60 years ago hundreds of thousands of people were brutally murdered because of their beliefs, disabilities or skin color. On Monday members of Luke Air Force Base gathered for a Days of Remembrance luncheon to remember them and to make sure it “Never Again” happens.

The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance to be our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. The museum is in charge of leading the Days of Remembrance and designating a theme. This year’s theme is “Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs.”

At the lunch Luke Air Force Base members heard from Rabbi John Linder from Temple Solel in Paradise Valley.

“Throughout the Hebrew Bible there are many words, but I want to call attention to one story,” Linder said. “Aaron the brother of Moses was known for being Moses’ mouth piece. When Aaron lost two of his sons, all the story says is Aaron was silent. Today we are silent for those both lost and survivors, we remember them, we honor them.”

The rabbi helped those attending to get an idea of the global reach of the day.

Members of Luke talk to retired Capt. Jack Nemerov, left. Nemerov was among the first Americans to enter and liberate Dachau Concentration Camp on May 1, 1945.

“Today a siren went out over Israel, over Jerusalem,” he said. “People got out of their cars, came out of their homes, and for two minutes all across that great city there was silence. Because just like Aaron sometimes there are not words to describe loss and grief. Sometimes there is only silence.”

Luncheon participants were invited to the Luke Chapel annex to see the Days of Remembrance exhibit.

“It’s like they took a small chunk of the Holocaust Museum and set it up at Luke,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Fisher, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel.

Retired Capt. Jack Nemerov, who was among the first to enter and liberate Dachau Concentration Camp, was at the exhibit and shared his experiences and talked with those who visited.

“When we came in, they gave us kind of a strange look because they were used to killing squads coming in wearing different colored uniforms, shooting some of them and then leaving,” he said. “We came in wearing khaki uniforms, so they figured we were another killing squad. I walked up to a couple of them who were moving around and stopped them and spoke to them in Jewish. I said, ‘I’m Jewish, and we’re Americans.’ Apparently they didn’t believe that we were real because they reached out to feel the fabric of our uniforms. When they felt that the fabric was real they grabbed us by our arms and wouldn’t let go. They just hung on, and those who had enough moisture in their bodies to weep, cried. We did too.”

Members of Luke Air Force Base view posters describing genocides that have taken place since World War II. The exhibit, held in the Luke Air Force Base chapel, featured photos and stories from before, during and after World War II.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-Standalone---140411-F-HT977-026

Weather: Exercise component

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for ...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Plane crash, coma doesn’t deter pilot

Courtesy photo Retired Capt. David Berling, 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, stands in front of his 1977 Cessna RG March 23, 2012, at the Glendale Airport. Berling lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash, the subject ...
 
 

Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily...
 

 

Preparing for next rank makes successful Airmen

As Airmen we have many responsibilities and duties we must carry out in accordance with our jobs. According to AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, our responsibilities are as follows: junior enlisted Airmen initially focus on adapting to military requirements, achieving occupational proficiency and learning how to become highly productive members of the Air Force....
 
 
Senior Airman
JASON COLBERT

Energy office helps keep lights on

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Master Sgt. Adam Kelley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager, explains the value of low wattage light bulbs to Robert Wimp at the Energy Conservation Month booth April 9 at Luke Air Force...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler relinquishes command of the 310th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner at 8:31 a.m. today in Hangar 913. Days of Remembrance The 2014 Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust Victims is May 2 at Club Five Six. A Holocaust exhibit of masks of holocaust survivors and paintings...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin