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Holocaust Remembrance Day and the evils of humanity

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was on this day 75 years ago, Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated. More than 1 million people lost their lives at Auschwitz while millions more perished in the hundreds of other concentration camps run by the Nazis.

But tragically, on a day set apart to remember those who were lost, our world is increasingly forgetting about the holocaust.

Memorial Day and the importance of remembering

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American Revolution – 25,000
War of 1812 – 15,000
Civil War – 364,511
World War I – 116,516
World War II – 405,399
Korean War – 36,516
Vietnam – 58,209
Afghanistan and Iraq – 6,713

To the hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave their lives in the service and defense of America, thank you.

Feels like it was yesterday – 9/11 through the years

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It’s become somewhat of an annual tradition. I always watch a documentary about September 11 on the anniversary of that day. In American history, it’s still the most significant event to have happened in my lifetime. By far. It’s our “you remember where you were when you heard” moment.

It’s interesting to watch the documentaries, to see the video at the time. I remember the day like it was yesterday but every year, the quality of the videos seems a little more dated, the outfits people are wearing seem a little more 90s.

I remember it like it was yesterday, and so it’s crazy for me to consider that kids in school (aside from seniors) weren’t even born when this event happened. This monumental day that was a paradigm shift in American history is just that to kids, history. They learn about that day from what people tell them and from the same documentaries I watch.

If you weren’t alive that day, and watch documentaries about 9/11, I think it’s hard to appreciate the chaos of September 11th. There’s a sense of fatalism in the documentaries. They almost always begin by contrasting the beauty of that morning against the pandemonium that was soon to burst forth.