Millions of Holocaust victims remembered at Misawa

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  • By Airman China M. Shock
  • 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

More than 50 Team Misawa Airmen commemorated the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust during Misawa Air Base’s 2019 Days of Remembrance Ceremony, May 1.

Eight speakers shared stories during the candle-lighting ceremony about individuals affected by the Holocaust with candles burning to honor countless friends and families impacted by one of the darkest periods in human history.

“It’s important we do not forget this part of history,” said Airman 1st Class William N. Mowery, a 35th Force Support Squadron fitness center manager.

Every Airman a crucial component of the mission regardless of their race, religion or ethnic group as a part of its core values.

“It’s important for Airmen to understand why we serve and to understand the legacy we have to live up to in the armed forces,” said Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey B. MacHott, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron customer service and unit control center manager. “Knowing how people suffered in the past helps personnel understand why it is important for everyone to do their best when it comes to helping people in similar situations around the world today.”

Mowery said reflecting on the Holocaust inspires nations, like the U.S., to never let history repeat itself by opposing those similar powers in the world.

MacHott, said service members have an opportunity to be a force for change and that events like this aid in resiliency by gathering fellow military members at Misawa AB. This non-work function helped build their social resiliency, one of the four components of the Comprehensive Airman Fitness.

“Our force resiliency depends on caring for Airmen as well as their families, creating an environment where all can achieve their full potential,” said Airman 1st Class Jack Saggart, a 35th Communications Squadron network operations technician.

The six million Jews and millions of others deemed undesirable by the Nazi regime who lost their lives during the Holocaust will never be forgotten as long as Airmen like MacHott, Mowery and Saggart bring others together in their memory.