05 April 2017

D is for the Daffodil Project at Blue Ridge, Georgia (A to Z Challenge)

It's part of a world-wide living, breathing Holocaust Memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million children who perished as a result.  Fittingly, the 600 daffodils were planted beside a playground in the downtown city park, in the shadow of the Fannin County courthouse.



Resilient, bright and filled with hope.  These daffodils are a part of the
world-wide living Holocaust Memorial that aspires to plant 1.5 million
daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the
Holocaust and for children who suffer in humanitarian crises
around the world today.

"How can a person…not be moved by compassion?
And above all how can anyone who remembers remain silent?"
- Elie Wiesel

Dedicated on this 10th day of November, 2013
By the citizens of Blue Ridge, Fannin Co.

100_8421Why the Daffodil?

The official project website explains why the daffodil was chosen:

The shape and color of the daffodils represent the Yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Yellow is the color of remembrance. Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each Spring, signifying hope, renewal and beauty. The daffodils also honor those who survived the Holocaust and went on to build new lives after this dark and difficult period.

Images from Blue Ridge's contribution to the project are here, and other participants can be seen here.  Am Yisrael Chai is a non-profit Holocaust Education and Awareness Organization.  They have organized the planting of almost 286,000 daffodils over the past 6 years, and pledge not to stop until their goal of 1.5 million has been surpassed.

Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order). This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.  You may follow along with me by email and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  I am also participating with Lincecum Lineage.  Though it is a one name study blog, my theme there is "kinfolk direct." These genealogy and family history posts all involve a direct relative.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!


Danielle L Zecher said...

That's a beautiful project. Thank you for sharing this.

Raesquiggles said...

An touching idea. Thank you for sharing this.
I'm enjoying reading about the gravestones. Coming from a Medieval village, where most of the headstones in the churchyard are lost or impossible to read, it's interesting to see the variety and information you have found out about them.

Weekends in Maine said...

What a lovely project and such a wonderful memorial for all the children who were killed in the Holocaust. It is so important to remember. WeekendsInMaine

Mandy 'n' Justin said...

I was just in Dahlonega last weekend. Wish I had known about this. Thanks for sharing. :)

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