16 February 2010
Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi, IDF Chief of the General Staff, visited Yad Vashem on February 16, 2010.
The visit began with a moving greeting by Israeli soldiers visiting Yad Vashem. Adm. Mullen and Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi visited the Holocaust History Museum and the Hall of Names, as well as the new exhibition “Architecture of Muder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints.” They participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance and visited the Children’s Memorial. Upon exiting the Children’s Memorial, Adm. Mullen signed the Visitors’ Book:
I will always remember this day. This place is a wonderful and tragic place simultaneously to remember those who suffered and sacrificed so much and those who saw hope and created a bright future. Thank you for making all of what is here possible.
Admiral, U.S. Navy
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff