USS Carl Vinson Remembers the Holocaust

Story Number: NNS080506-07Release Date: 5/6/2008 12:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nina Hughes, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) American Heritage Observance Committee held an observance May 1, in remembrance of the Holocaust.

The event was held on the ship's mess decks for crew members. Commanding Officer Capt. Ted Carter honored more than six-million Jews that were murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during the 1930s and 1940s.

"I'm glad Carl Vinson held an experience like this," said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jared Barsky. "It helps my shipmates to realize and understand the tragedy which happened."

The ceremony was highlighted by a spiritual reading and poem recited by crew members, followed by a prayer of hope by Lt.j.g. Marlin Williams, a Navy chaplain.

During his remarks, Carter emphasized the role of U.S. forces during World War II in bringing worldwide awareness to the death camps discovered after the fall of the Nazi regime.

"We take the time to reflect and educate ourselves on what happened during the Holocaust, so this kind of tragedy will never occur again," said Carter.

The ceremony concluded with a musical performance sung in Hebrew by the ship's Blue Jacket Choir.

The event was another opportunity for Carl Vinson Sailors to reflect upon and share their rich and diverse heritage.

"The Navy is all about diversity, and this is another special day for our crew to reflect upon," said Yeoman 2nd Class (AW/SW) Tina Johnson. "Our heritage and diversity are kept alive as we celebrate cultures and remember tragedies like the Holocaust."

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