VZC March of Remembrance
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Van Zandt County Courthouse (MoR Essay Contest - See Details Below)
214 - 718 - 6564
2018 VAN ZANDT COUNTY
MARCH OF REMEMBRANCE
Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2018, the public is invited to participate in the annual Van Zandt County March of Remembrance. The march (prayer walk) will begin at 1:30 at the Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton and continue along South Buffalo Street (Hwy 198) to the Canton Jr. High School cafetorium for the indoor program which starts at 2:15.
The purpose of the march is to remember the 11 million victims of the Holocaust and to honor the survivors and their families.
The indoor program consists 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.
Special guests invited for the 2018 program will include Rose Scott of Canton; Holocaust Survivor, Alexandra Goode of Keller; Simon & Carol Wellner of Sugarland; Rabbi Michael Wallace of Adonai Yemelah Zoht Messianic Congregation in Tyler; Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick; Dr. Michael Burns, Pastor of Victory Church, Canton; Dr. David Christine, Pastor of Oakland Baptist Church, Canton; Lou Ann Everett, Mayor of Canton; Mark Turner, Mayor of Wills Point; Virgil Melton, County Commissioner, Prct 2; State Representative Dan Flynn, among others.
ANNOUNCING VZC MoR STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST
This year March of Remembrance is sponsoring an essay contest for students in the area in grades 7-9. Deadline for receipt of all entries is March 22.
Students’ essays must answer the question:
“What were the primary contributing factors that resulted in
Entries should be 500 to 750 words and focus on the possible impact, if any, of factors such as:
• Pre-war German Society
• Christian church in Germany
• Rising German nationalism
• The Nazi Party
• German Chancellor Adolph Hitler
• Pre-war German Economy
• Any other factors identified by the writer
All 7th through 9th grade public and private school students are eligible, including those who are being home-schooled.
The winning entries will be notified in advance and announced at the March of Remembrance event in Canton on April 15, and the winners will be invited to read portions of their essays during the program.
Entry form and rules are available on the March of Remembrance website at: http://www.marchofremembrance.org/states-r-thru-w-34/tx-canton-4017.
Entry information can also be requested by sending an email to email@example.com, or writing to: MoR Essay Contest, 5889 VZCR 2602, Canton, TX 75103.
RULES AND FORMATTING GUIDELINES
• This contest is open to all middle school students (grades 7-9 public,
private and home school) in Van Zandt County and surrounding Counties.
• The subject of your essay should address the question, “Why do you
believe it is important for students today to study the Holocaust, and what
lessons can be learned to prevent it from happening again?”
• A completed Entry Form should accompany your submission.
• Your essay must be 500 - 750 words. Only one essay per student may
• While the development of your subject will be the principle consideration
in the judging of your essay, spelling and proper grammar also will be
• All essays should:
- be double spaced
- have 1 inch margins
- include page numbers
- include an essay title
- be typed in 12 point font
- be in Microsoft Word or a compatible format.
• Submissions must be received as an attachment to email or US mail
no later than March 22, 2018.
2018 MoR Essay Contest Entry Form
Email Address: ____________________________
Title of Essay: __________________________________________
Grade Level: ___________________________________________
School Name/City: ______________________________________
Submit entry as a Word document by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Or mail to: MoR Essay Contest, 5889 VZCR 2602, Canton, TX 75103.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 22 TO BE CONSIDERED.
ENTRIES IN EXCESS OF 500 WORDS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
HONORED GUESTS FOR
THE VAN ZANDT COUNTY MARCH OF REMEMBRANCE
Canton resident Rose Scott 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 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 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 MICHAEL WALLACE
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.
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.
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.