URI Hillel plans annual Field of Flags and Memorial Vigil to Commemorate the Holocaust, April 16-17

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KINGSTON, R.I. — April 7, 2015 — URI Hillel students will plant a “Field of Flags” in memory of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 13 on the walkway from the Multicultural Center to the Carothers Library. In fact, nearly 2,400 small colored flags will be placed in the ground, each representing 5,000 of the 11 million victims of the Holocaust. The flags will remain until Friday, April 17. This tradition started in 2006.

On Thursday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. URI President David M. Dooley and URI Vice President for Community Equity and Diversity Naomi Thompson will speak at the Holocaust Memorial Vigil in front of the URI Multicultural Center (74 Lower College Rd). This student-led ceremony will also include prayers, poetry and songs to honor the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and will serve as inspiration for community members to recommit to preventing such atrocities now and in the future.

For more information, please contact Amy Olson, URI Hillel 401-874-2740, amyolson@uri.edu. For a complete list of Holocaust Remembrance Week events, visit the URI Hillel website.