March of Remembrance
Canton, Texas
Sunday, April 23, 2017

1:30 p.m. March from Van Zandt   County Courthouse to Canton

                     Farm Bureau (1 mile)

2:30 p.m. Program at Farm Bureau


Organizer: Gary Vawter 214 - 718 - 6564




At 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2017, the public is invited to participate in the annual Van Zandt County March of Remembrance. The event will begin with a prayer walk from the Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton, TX and proceed along Hwy 19 for approximately one mile to the Farm Bureau building near the intersection of Hwys 19 & 243. 


The purpose of the march is to remember the 11 million victims of the Holocaust and to honor the survivors.


Immediately following the march, at 2:30 p.m. there will be a program in the auditorium of the Farm Bureau building. It will consist of comments and prayers of remembrance by representatives from the local Christian and Jewish communities. Families of Holocaust survivors will be present as honored guests. There will be a special lamp lighting service commemorating the six million Jewish Holocaust victims.


Our special guests for the 2017 program will include our keynote speaker, Rose Scott of Canton; Holocaust survivor, Alexandra Goode from Keller, TX; and Rabbi Michael Wallace of Adonai Yemelah Zoht Messianic Congregation in Tyler. 


Additionally, Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick; Dr. David Christine, Pastor of Oakland Baptist Church, Canton; Pastor Randy Sadler of New Frontiers Cowboy Church, Canton; Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett; and County Commissioner Virgil Melton, will all be participating in the 2017 event.







Special guest and keynote speaker for 2017 is Canton resident Rose Scott. Rose was tortured at age 12 by the German Gestapo in WWII on two occasions in an attempt to get her to reveal information about her uncle. Her Uncle Franz was working with the Austrian underground hiding Jews from the Nazis in war-torn Vienna. Despite her torture, Rose never gave her tormentors the information they wanted and she continued to secretly assist her uncle in his efforts to help the Jews escape German-occupied Vienna. Rose’s story has just been published as a book. Copies will be available for purchase to benefit the March of Remembrance. Rose will be signing copies following the program.





Alexandra Goode and her husband, George, will again be our very special guests this year. She was our keynote speaker in 2015. Alexandra is a Holocaust survivor. She was born to Russian parents in Yugoslavia in 1929. Her mother died when Alexandra was 3 years old. She was orphaned at age 13 when her father was killed. As a teenager she was first in Dachau concentration camp and later made a miraculous escape from Rugen labor camp in 1945. Alexandra and her husband founded International Guardian Angels Outreach in 2000 to aid and encourage the adoption of Russian orphans, many with physical handicaps. Alexandra and George live in Keller, TX and attend Bear Creek Bible Church.



Rabbi Wallace is the leader of Adonai Yemelah Zoht Messianic Synagogue in Tyler. He was born to a Gentile father and a Jewish mother. His mother's ancestors sensed the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the mid-1800s. As a result they immigrated to the U.S. in 1852 on a ship called the Gondar. Rabbi Wallace and his wife, Deborah, have one child, Nathaniel, who assists in leading the congregation. Rabbi Wallace has been involved in Messianic Judaism since 1989 and has led the congregation, which he started in Tyler, since May of 2000. Michael and members of his congregation participated in last year's program and march.



Randy Sadler has been pastor of New Frontiers Cowboy Church in Canton since it was established in August 2000. The church started in a store front in Canton and moved to its present location in 2001. The church hosts a Christian academy and boasts a rodeo arena. Randy and his wife, Grace, co-pastor the congregation. This is Randy's first time to be on the March of Remembrance program. Join us in welcoming Pastor Sadler.







Directions and Route





2015 March of Remembrance participants 'march' along Hwy 19  in Canton to the Farm Bureau building for the MoR program honoring victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick speaks during 2016 March of Remembrance Gathering at the Farm Bureau building in Canton.


Pastor Dr. Michael Burns of Victory Church in Canton lead 2016 attendees in the reading aloud of the names of hundreds of children who perished in the Holocaust..

Participants in the 2016 candle lighting ceremony honoring victims of the Holocaust. More than 125 gathered at the Canton Farm Bureau for the program.





















































Approximately 75 people 'marched' the one mile along Hwy 19 from the Van Zandt County Courthouse to the Canton Farm Bureau building in the 2016 March of Remembrance event.


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