Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah, in Hebrew) was first commemorated in the United States in 1979. In October of 1980, President Jimmy Carter established a Holocaust commission to provide guidance for the national Day of Remembrance. With this guidance, the Tennessee State Legislature passed an act establishing the Tennessee Holocaust Commission to promote remembrance and inspire education about the Holocaust to all its citizens.
For over 25 years the commission in cooperation with the state holds an annual day of remembrance, which remains a testament to the commitment of all Tennesseans to “never forget” those who perished in the Holocaust. Elected officials from all branches of government participate.