On his official Facebook page, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared photos from an event he attended yesterday to honor the German National Day of Remembrance, or Volkstrauertag.
Volkstrauertag, President Uchtdorf wrote, “is a day to mourn those who were victims of war and violent oppression because of race, religion, or conviction. It is a day to illustrate the tragedy of war and to speak out for peace.” President Uchtdorf spoke at the Fort Douglas Cemetery to honor the 41 German soldiers buried there. He also noted the significance of the date, as 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany.
In his post President Uchtdorf alluded to the many suffering around the world from violence, terrorism, and natural disasters by saying, “Too many of God’s children are currently suffering. Let us mourn with those who suffer but also comfort them, serve them, pray for them, generously share our means with them, and be friends to them. Let us look to Christ as our Exemplar as we consider how to help others. And in all our remembering and mourning, let us be confident and full of hope for a better and peaceful future because of the blessings of the restored gospel, for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Read the full post and view the pictures below.