West Lawn turns into Holocaust memorial for a day

More than 27,000 flags, each representing 500 individuals with different backgrounds, marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on the West Lawn of the UCCS campus.

Typically observed on Jan. 27 of each year as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations, the UCCS observance on March 1 allowed for the event to be held on a weekday and later in the semester.

“This memorial reaffirms an unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence,” said Stephen Cucchiara, director, Student Activities and Community Service. “We are always looking to find ways of remembering history and different cultures, and this provided us an opportunity to do so.”

In an email to the student body, Cucchiara encouraged students to pause and reflect while walking to class. Informational handouts were also available.

Student Activities planted the flags Feb. 28 with the assistance from members of the Asian Pacific Islander Student Union, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The flags will be removed on the evening of March 1.

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