Navy Region Singapore joined the nation in reflecting on all whose lives were lost or forever altered by the Holocaust during the annual commemoration of the Holocaust, Days of Remembrance, observed this year from April 23 – 30.
With a national theme, “Learning from the Holocaust: The Strength of the Human Spirit,” region service members discussed the importance of learning from history and the value of those lessons towards shaping the future.
U.S. Navy Lt. Adam Klein, Strategic Sealift Officer Coordinator attached to Military Sealift Command, Far East, began the event by reciting the Mourner's Kaddish, a traditional hymn honoring those who have passed, and transitioning to a discussion on the attendees' knowledge of the Holocaust and what could still be learned from the past.
"I think what we focus on today, our theme of learning from history and focusing on the good that has come from individual human strength is a reminder to everyone that good can come from bad and that’s something to be celebrated." - Lt. Adam Klein
“I think any kind of chance you get to give people information they might not know is something to take advantage of,” said Klein. “There’s not a large Jewish population out here in Singapore so it might not be something people get exposed to, and it might not be as big of a topic as it would be in maybe America or Europe, but I think there are many things that we’ve learned from what happened that can still be applied today.”
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic annihilation of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Between 1933 and 1945, more than six million Jews were murdered. Additionally, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma (Gypsies), Jehovah's Witnesses, Catholics, political dissidents, the physically and mentally disabled, and homosexuals suffered grievous persecution under Nazi tyranny. The Days of Remembrance serve as an opportunity for our nation to reflect on the loss of these victims, as well as a reminder of the moral obligation of each individual to remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny.
“I feel this kind of event helps to educate people,” said Klein. “It can be a topic that’s a little taboo to talk about because it has such a negative tone; people want to focus on the positive. I think what we focus on today, our theme of learning from history and focusing on the good that has come from individual human strength is a reminder to everyone that good can come from bad and that’s something to be celebrated.”
The event was open to all Navy Region Singapore community members and was held in two sessions. U.S. Navy Lt. Alexandra Deguzman, attached to Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific, described the event as enlightening and educational.
Members of the Navy Region Singapore (NRS) Community teamed up with local Singaporeans and partner nation service members throughout the month of April to emphasize environmental awareness in recognition of Earth Day 2017.
Earth Day is an annual, worldwide event celebrated on April 22 to raise awareness of the effects of pollution and educate the public on their environmental impact.
“We all live on the same planet and with limited natural resources contamination and pollution affects each and every one of us,” said Chantry Davis, NRS Environmental Program Director. “It is important that we bring awareness to this fact so that people realize the impact that their daily actions have on a larger scale.”
The Navy's Earth Day theme for 2017, "Building Strength Through Stewardship," emphasizes the value of environmental initiatives in supporting the mission by helping to build trust with government agencies and the public. Preserving the local ecosystems, focusing on energy savings and embracing environmental education opportunities all align with the "expand and strengthen our network of partners" line of effort in Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson's Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority.
When it comes to showing teacher appreciation, the parents of Navy Region Singapore’s (NRS) preschool students really know how to share their gratitude as they treated teachers and staff at the region’s Child and Youth Programs Center to an appreciation luncheon, April 20, 2017.
As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is celebrated every April, the teachers and staff at NRCS’s Child and Youth Programs Center enjoyed a Mexican-themed lunch along with a small gift exchange as part of the appreciation event. The luncheon gathered the six CYP Preschool teachers and staff members who feasted on chicken soft tacos, refried beans and Spanish rice. For one parent, this was a great opportunity to show appreciation for the efforts extended to her children by the teachers.
“The CYP preschool class of 2016-17 has seen some major changes that have greatly benefited the students,” said Erica Parra, a parent of a preschooler. “The parents of the preschool class wanted to show our appreciation to the teachers as they are some of the first people to truly have an impact on our children. This program allows our pre-kindergarteners the chance to prepare for their first year of learning.”
Navy Region Singapore's Morale Welfare and Recreation Sports hosted an Outdoor Fitness Obstacle Challenge recently. The event gathered more than 20 participants who negotiated various obstacles designed to test agility, endurance and strength. The morning's event began with a warm-up exercise and continued with low crawling, jumping over obstacles, and a sprinting. Check out the photos below to see the event's activities.
Members of the Navy Region Singapore (NRS) community gathered recently to celebrate the Month of The Military Child and to watch Brian Miller, the magician provided by Navy Entertainment. The event gathered more than 100 participants, many of whom were children from the community. The Month of the Military Child is an annual event held every April nationwide to celebrate and recognize the contributions and sacrifices that our youngest community members make. During the afternoon event, snacks were provided, pool floats and swimming activities were enjoyed by the children.
According to Terra Hendrickson, Child and Youth Programs Director for NRS, "It is important to recognize this annual campaign for the everyday contributions that our military connected children make. Military children are some of the most resilient children I have ever worked with, and this because the community recognizes the ongoing challenges that our children face of frequent moves, changing of schools, deployments and distance from family support and friends. This is just another way that we can bring awareness and celebrate our youngest who serve too."
During the Brian Miller magic show, the audience's excitement was evident and they reacted wholeheartedly to Miller's tricks.
According to Nelson Sinnappan, community activities manager for NRS Community Recreation, "Apart from the overwhelming response from the community as a family, children got an idea that they too can one day become a magician and make this a career like Brian Miller, who started his ambition while in college."