For the 30th year in a row, the March of the Living is taking place in Poland on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Some 12,000 people gathered in Auschwitz to take part in the event, which is being led by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

March of the Living, today

March of the Living, today Photo Credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash 90

Some 12,000 marchers gathered in Poland Thursday to take part in this year’s annual March of the Living, which honors and remembers the millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year’s march marks the 30th anniversary of the 3.2-kilometer (almost 2-mile) commemoration walk from Auschwitz to the Birkenau death camp.

Along with the thousands of people from around the world who are participating in the march were the heads of Israel’s security establishment: IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman and Israel Police chief Roni Alsheikh. The march is being led by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

“I, the chief of staff of the IDF and the head of the IDF delegation to Poland on the 70th year of the State of Israel, reaffirm and proclaim: Never again,” Eisenkot said as he landed in Poland.

Over 100 delegations from 41 countries arrived in Poland to participate in the march. Among the countries that sent representatives are the US, Canada, Chile, the UK and Argentina. This year, for the first time ever, Morocco sent a delegation.

At the end of the march, a ceremony will be held in the memory of the victims. Rivlin, the Polish president and Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, who is a Holocaust survivor, will deliver remarks at the ceremony.

Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked a week before the country’s independence day. On the day before they celebrate Israel’s independence, Israelis and Jewish people around the world remember those who fell defending the Jewish state and those who were murdered in terror attacks.