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City of Alexandria Observes 30th Annual Days of Remembrance for Victims of Holocaust | News Release | City of Alexandria

 

For Immediate Release: April 19, 2017

The City of Alexandria will observe the Days of Remembrance (Yom HaShoah) for the victims of the Holocaust, at noon on Tuesday, April 25, in Market Square, 301 King St. Alexandria City Council hosts the annual ceremony as part of the weeklong commemoration of the national Days of Remembrance, Sunday, April 23, through Sunday, April 30. This is the 30th consecutive year the City has held the Days of Remembrance ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Vola Lawson Lobby on the first floor of City Hall, 301 King St. (Cameron Street side of the building).

The speaker this year will be Robert Siegel from National Public Radio (NPR).  Siegel is a senior host of the award-winning NPR evening newsmagazine All Things Considered.

During the ceremony, Mayor Allison Silberberg and members of City Council will light a candelabrum that the late Holocaust survivor Charlene Schiff and her husband, Ed, donated to the City. The 54-inch high, solid brass candelabrum was donated in memory of Charlene Schiff’s parents and sister, and the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust. The Schiff candelabrum is also made available to schools and civic groups studying the Holocaust.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum leads the nation in the weeklong Days of Remembrance commemoration, in accordance with Congressional mandate.

For additional information on Alexandria’s Days of Remembrance ceremony, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343.

For media inquiries, contact Andrea J. Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, contact Cheryl Lawrence at cheryl.lawrence@alexandriava.gov  or 703.746.5419, Virginia Relay 711

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