After the horrors of the Holocaust, the world vowed to never let such a thing happen again. For that reason, the City of McAllen and Temple Emanuel will host the second McAllen Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony, to be held tonight at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Ctr. Blvd., tonight, April 21, 2021, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the program to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free, open to the public, and welcome to people of all faiths and most importantly, ages. Masks will be required and social distancing will be in place.
“It is important for all of us, people of all faiths and races, to remember the Holocaust, because it shook the foundations of modern civilization,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning. We must vow to never forget this sin against humanity. However, one only has to look around the world to recognize that the lessons of that horrible time in the collective history of human beings seem to have been forgotten. This ceremony will help spread the message that in McAllen, we have not forgotten.”
The program will feature both secular and spiritual elements, featuring various members from throughout the McAllen community participating in significant presentations, including students from McAllen I.S.D. and professors from South Texas College.
Scheduled community leaders to participate include Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, Hidalgo County Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu; Sister Norma Pimentel; McAllen Fire Chief James Schultz; and KRGV-Ch. 5 News Anchor Dina Herrera-Garza.
McAllen residents who are Spectrum cable subscribers may watch the ceremony live on channel MCN Spectrum 1300, starting at 6:30 p.m. All others may view the ceremony live at www.mcallen.net/departments/media/mcn-1300-live. Additionally, the ceremony will be live-streamed on the McAllen 3-1-1 mobile app, on antenna channel KAZH-LP 57.1, on the City of McAllen You Tube channel or the Temple Emanuel Facebook page. For more information, follow the City of McAllen on social media.
Entrance into the McAllen Performing Arts Center will be on Ithaca from 29th St. and entering parking area at the gate behind the facility. See the attached map.