Today is Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) otherwise known as "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day' marking the passage of 74 years since the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.
Yom HaShoah is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and those who supported them.
Today, at 10:00 a.m. Israel time, air raid sirens though out the country will sound for one minute, at which time the entire country stops, to observe a moment of solemn reflection.
On September 4, 2003 - Three Israeli Air Force F-15 Eagles descended over Poland, and began to follow the railroad tracks that lead into 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."
We Shall Not Forget...