On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am honoured to acknowledge our Jewish community and everyone marking
Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah, Israel’s day of commemoration for the those who perished in the Holocaust.
History is a great teacher — for those whose hearts and minds are open to its lessons. It records the events and stories that have shaped us, so that we may look to them for guidance as we move forward.
That is why today, you remember the millions of Jewish lives who perished during a dark period of human history. To mark this occasion, Jews in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world will pray, read scripture and poetry, light candles, and hold name-reading ceremonies.
Reports of hate crimes and anti-Semitism in North America and around the world serve to remind us that we must remain ever-vigilant against all forms of hate and intolerance.
Occasions such as this are opportunities to learn from the lessons of history and pass the light of knowledge to the next generation.
Please accept my sincere best wishes for a meaningful day of remembrance.
-Kathleen Wynne, Premier, Province of Ontario