Students planted more than 27,000 flags, each representing 500 individuals with different backgrounds, to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on the West Lawn of the UCCS campus March 12.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was held on January 27, 2019, the anniversary of the day the United Nations officially proclaimed International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in 1945. The Department of Student Life decided to push back the UCCS memorial to a later day in the semester in order to provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to reflect.
“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.”
The Department of Student Life planted the flags March 11 with the assistance from members of Alpha Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The flags were removed on the evening of March 12.