European Day of the Righteous
Remembering the Good, retracing History through solidarity deeds, this is the aim of the Republic of San Marino, which on Tuesday, March 29 dedicated a tree "to all the people who have acted and still do bravely, selflessly and responsibly.”
The annual ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Monte Stella Hill came as the conclusion to the three-day event that Milan dedicated to the moral and civil resistance of women, to mark 6 March – European Day of the Righteous.
This year, too, European Day of the Righteous witnessed the participation of dozens Italian towns, which have sought to remember the deeds of those who have opposed genocide and persecutions.
Also CIPMO, Italian Centre for Peace in the Middle East (Centro Italiano per la Pace in Medio Oriente), sent us a support message for 6 March, European Day of the Righteous.
Inside are the words of support to European Day of the Righteous from the Captains Regent of the Republic of San Marino.
The village of Neve Shalom/Wahat el Salam (Oasis of peace in Hebrew and Arabic), initiated a Garden of the Righteous and the Israeli-Palestinian branch of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous. The director of the local Museum Dyana Shaloufi-Rizek tells about the projects to mark EU day of the Righteous.
The European Day of Righteous
The value of individuals and personal responsibility
On May 10, the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted the Written Declaration establishing March 6th as European Day in memory of the Righteous.
The concept of Righteous, born from the elaboration of the Yad Vashem Memorial to remember the non-Jews who rescued the Jews, becomes the patrimony of all humanity.
The term "Righteous" is no longer confined to the Holocaust only; it becomes a point of reference for those who remember the genocide and totalitarianism in all their efforts to defend human dignity.
The significance of this decision is reminiscent of one of the cornerstones of European culture: the value of the individual and personal responsibility.