Eagles Over Auschwitz - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD). Since 2005,  commemoration ceremonies around the world have been held to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honour the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.

On September 4th, 2003 - Three Israeli Air Force F-15 Eagles descended over Poland, and began to follow the railroad tracks that led into the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Each aircraft piloted by a child of a holocaust survivor, each aircraft carrying a complete list of those murdered within the camps walls, and most importantly, each aircraft carrying a promise to never let history repeat itself.

As the IDF F-15s overflew the Concentration camp, formation leader Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel read out the following statement over the comms:

"We pilots of the Air Force, flying in the skies above the camp of horrors, arose from the ashes of the millions of victims and shoulder their silent cries, salute their courage and promise to be the shield of the Jewish people and its nation Israel."

They shall not be forgotten...  





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