NSA Panama City Hosts Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

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Members of the Jewish community, veterans and active duty military came together Thursday morning for a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at the Panama City Navy Base.

“It’s sad how many people don’t really understand what happened during the holocaust,” said Navy Veteran Nathan Mewhinney.

The Naval Support Activity Panama City is trying to change that, holding their annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony.

“We need to affirm, and educate continuously to people across the world the lessons of the Holocaust,” said Lt. John Gibson.

This year’s theme is “Access Denied,” focusing on immigration barriers Jews faced fleeing the Nazis and trying to enter the United States. Lt. John Gibson highlighted the importance of immigrants in U.S. history and how they can propel the country forward.

“Not just because they add value, not just because of the economic impact, the positive economic impact they have, but also it’s because it’s who we are,” said Lt. Gibson.

Mosley High School theater students performed, reading letters from Jews telling stories of their struggle to escape.

“It’s really wonderful the people here go out of their way to do this. So many places don’t,” said Mewhinney.

Six candles lit to remember the 6 million Jews killed. The 7th includes the large non-jew population who were killed as well.

“All human beings have dignity, all human beings have rights, all human beings have freedom and god bestowed liberty upon them,” said Lt. Gibson.

The ceremony coincides with the international holocaust remembrance day of April 27th. The day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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