March of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims to Sponsor Essay Contest
The 2018 Van Zandt County March of Remembrance (MoR) will be held on Sunday afternoon, April 15th. Participants will gather at 1:30 at the County Courthouse in Canton and then participate in a prayer-walk to the Canton Junior High School for a program following.
This year the local March of Remembrance is sponsoring an essay contest for area students in seventh through ninth grades. Deadline for receipt of all entries is March 22.
Students’ essays must answer the question:
“What were the primary contributing factors that resulted in the Holocaust?”
Prizes will be awarded for winning essays. Winning writers will be notified in advance and invited to read a portion of their essays at the March of Remembrance program in Canton on April 15.
Entries should be 500 to 750 words and focus on the possible impact, if any, of factors such as:
- Pre-war German Society
- Christian Church in Germany
- Rising German Nationalism
- The Nazi Party
- German Chancellor Adolph Hitler
- Pre-war German Economy
- Any other factors identified by the writer
All 7th through 9th grade public and private school students are eligible, including those who are being home schooled.
Entry form and rules are available on the March of Remembrance website.
Entry information can also be requested by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or writing to: MoR Essay Contest, 5889 VZCR 2602, Canton, TX 75103.
“Last year we had several young people participate in the MoR program and we want to encourage such participation again this year,” said local MoR coordinator, Gary Vawter. “It is important that our young people are well acquainted with the facts surrounding the Holocaust to help ensure it doesn’t happen again in their lifetimes,” he said. “They must take up the cry, ‘Never again! Not on our watch!’”
March of Remembrance is a Christian event, featuring a prayer walk, that is held annually in remembrance of the Holocaust and has become a connecting point for people who wish to observe Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) in their local communities through public prayer and memorial events. The program commemorates the 11 million victims of the Holocaust, including 6 million Jews, and honors those who survived.
Take time now to mark your calendars for 1:30 Sunday afternoon, April 15, and join with friends and neighbors across the area as we gather to remember the victims and honor the survivors of the Holocaust and their families.
Updated information on the MoR event will be available on the website soon.