PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Sailors from Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) were recently shown a provocative tribute in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week.
The three-day display was used to educate today’s service members of the horrific genocide that took place from 1933 to 1945 and killed six million Jews throughout Europe.
“This event was a unique way for staff to learn new things about the Holocaust in a more intimate manner vice a PowerPoint or even a guest speaker,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Marcus Franklin, a travel clerk with NMOTC Headquarters. “This was a way for someone to be able to connect the pictures and stories with tangible everyday items that we come into contact with.”
Some of these items included wedding rings and other jewelry that added a personal touch to such ghastly events. The pictures, too, put human faces to the many stories.
“The pictures and descriptions of Auschwitz bring soberness to me, allowing me to reflect on the atrocities done by man to his fellow man and the importance of never allowing something like this to happen again,” said Lt. William Ruppel.
Each year, Days of Remembrance events are observed by state and local governments, military bases, work places, schools, churches, synagogues and civic centers. The chosen theme for this year is “The Strength of the Human Spirit.”
All Navy commands are encouraged to commemorate the diversity within its ranks. The Navy continues to harvest and represent the strength of the nation’s diversity and strives to provide an inclusive culture which promotes equal treatment to all people.
“In my 31 years of civil service, I’ve never had anything on the Holocaust,” said Rhonda Morgan, a financial specialist with NMOTC Headquarters. “Everyone can learn something new. The visual part really puts things into perspective.”
The unique three-day-long display allowed Sailors a different experience than typical ceremonies.
“The biggest selling point for me,” said Franklin, “was the ability you have to go at your own pace and digest all the history, all the tragedy on display, and come to terms with its significance on your own terms.”
NMOTC reports to the Navy Medicine Education, Training, and Logistics Command (NMETLC), the sole point of accountability for Navy Medicine education and logistical support.
Both NMOTC and NMETLC are part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea, and on the battlefield.
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