Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins at sundown this evening:
"Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time of reflection; a moment to mourn the loss of millions and to heed the lessons of our past; an opportunity to remember those who perished and to recall one of the darkest chapters in human history.
"We honor the indomitable spirit of the survivors, draw strength from their perseverance, and recognize the actions of unsung heroes who saved lives and protected innocent men, women, and children.
"On this solemn occasion, we stand with families of all those persecuted, attacked, and brutally murdered for who they were. We pledge to speak out and act wherever prejudice persists, human rights are threatened, and lives are at risk. We carry on the message of those forever silenced: to never forget their story and to never stand idly by in the face of injustice.
"As the tragic tales of the Holocaust fill ceremonies around the world, we must renew our commitment to preserve freedom for all faiths, respect for all people, and security for all nations. We must pray, in the enduring words written by Anne Frank, that "it will all come right, that cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.' We must act to ensure that the memories of the victims will be a blessing for us and for generations to come."