Town of Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration To Be Held May 5th
First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that the Town of Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Committee has announced that the featured speaker at this year’s Holocaust Commemoration will be the Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, the Bishop of Bridgeport. Bishop Caggiano, originally from Brooklyn, was ordained to the priesthood in May, 1987, and was installed as Bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese in September, 2013 after having served in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Among his many areas of focus is the need to build bridges to Catholic youth. Bishop Caggiano, recognized as a powerful and compelling speaker, will talk on the subject “We Must Never Forget”.
The Holocaust Commemoration Committee is an official committee of the Town of Fairfield and consists of more than thirty members of the community. The diversity represented by the members of the Committee is reflected in its co-chairs, Joshua Zabin, a Captain in the Fairfield Police Department, and Father Charles Allen, University Chaplain and Special Assistant to the President at Fairfield University, a Jesuit college.
The Town’s annual Holocaust Commemoration will take place on May 5, 2016 at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road in Fairfield. The Commemoration begins at 7:30 p.m., and, in addition to Bishop Caggiano’s address, it will feature the Chamber Singers of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir and the Chamber Orchestra from Fairfield Warde High School. In addition, survivors of the Holocaust and children of survivors will take part in a moving candle-lighting ceremony to honor the memories of the millions of Jews and non-Jews who died at the hands of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.
This year’s event will be Fairfield’s 33rd annual Holocaust Commemoration. It is not only the Commemoration of the longest standing in the area, but the Fairfield event has also become the largest commemoration of the Holocaust in the area, attracting not only citizens of Fairfield, but also residents from all of the nearby communities.
A reception and refreshments will follow the conclusion of the Commemoration service. There is no charge for this event and the public is encouraged to attend.
The photo shows First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Police Captain Joshua Zabin, a member of the Town's Holocaust Commemoration Committee.