Secretary of State Kemp Announces the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust Ceremony
Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that the State of Georgia’s official Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust Ceremony will be Friday, April 16, 2010 at noon in the North Wing of the State Capitol.
The annual ceremony is held each year by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust to remember victims, survivors, and their families, and honor those who continue to educate the public and raise awareness.
Secretary Kemp said, “Through its numerous statewide education and outreach programs the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust helps us to remember all who were touched by this terrible event, and how people from all backgrounds can live free from hatred today.”
This year’s ceremony will feature the presentation of the Humanitarian Award, the Commission’s highest honor, to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and First Lady Mary Perdue for their work on behalf of Georgia’s foster care program. Together Governor and Mrs. Perdue have served as foster parents for eight newborns awaiting adoption. The First Lady’s Children’s Cabinet, created by Mrs. Perdue, serves to stem child abuse and neglect and to promote foster care and adoption. The Governor also supports the First Lady with the “Our Children” campaign which raises awareness about the need for foster care programs in Georgia and encourages individuals, corporations and faith-based organizations to take an active role in addressing the needs of their community.
Additionally, the program will include remarks by Secretary Kemp, a candle lighting ceremony, the Commission’s Holocaust art and writing contest winners, a presentation by the Army Ground Forces Band Woodwind Quintet, and the presentation of the Distinguished Educator Award, presented by Georgia Power.
The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust was established to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to present and future generations of Georgians in order to create an awareness of the enormity of the crimes of prejudice and inhumanity and a vigilance to prevent their recurrence.
Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.