Sara J. Bloomfield recalls the Museum's opening and rededicates the memorial:
“A dream that not only would your memories be immortalized in this museum, but that they would serve as a both a warning and an inspiration, both a cautionary tale and an urgent message, for all mankind.”
—Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
November 2, 2003
In the beginning, there was rain! And more rain. Do you remember exactly ten years ago on this very plaza when we gathered together to dedicate the Museum? The winds were fierce, the sky was dark, and the air was cold. But in our hearts we were warmed by a dream. A dream that not only would your memories be immortalized in this museum, but that they would serve as a both a warning and an inspiration, both a cautionary tale and an urgent message, for all mankind.
Today the sun is shining brightly on this museum – and on that dream – and on the legacy you have bequeathed to our nation.
Your dream was based on a vision that “in remembrance lies the seeds of transformation and renewal,” that this museum could indeed “transform the living.”
For those of us who were here during the early years, we knew we were creating a powerful memorial to the past; we hoped it would teach Americans in the present, but rarely did we dare to think about its potential to shape the future.
We knew something very special was being built here. But, on that fittingly bitter cold day a decade ago, who could have imagined just how special it would be and how many lives it would touch?
Today, the sun is shining brightly on our museum. As this magnificent memorial radiates in the light of the sun, we reaffirm that dream, we rededicate ourselves to its promise.