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The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our Nation's annual tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. As we reflect on the horrific events of the Holocaust and remember the countless lives lost, let us continue to embrace our obligation to prevent hatred from erupting in such a way that it destroys people and their property and violates their rights and freedoms.
The Holocaust reminds us how fragile democracy is and underscores the need for citizens to be both well-informed and vigilant in preserving democratic ideals. All Service members, civilians and their Families must share in this responsibility. This commitment will reinforce our National military strategy and our exercise of our 21st century responsibilities at home and abroad.
As an Army, we reject all forms of prejudice and bigotry, and we celebrate the strength drawn from our diversity. Remembering the tragic events of the Holocaust not only obligates us to remember the victims, but it also reminds us of the need for our citizens to promote dignity and to fight hatred whenever and wherever it occurs. Our commitment to living the Army values will earn the public trust and ensure that our Army remains the Strength of the Nation.
John M. McHugh Secretary of the Army
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Army chief of staff
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler Sergeant Major of the Army