When is the Watchtower Victims Memorial Day?
The Watchtower Victims Memorial Day is now observed every year on the third Saturday in July. This is changed from our original date of July 26.
Why July 26 originally, and why the change to the third Saturday of July?
On July 26, 1931, in Columbus, Ohio, at a convention of the religious group known as “Bible Students,” their leader, Judge Joseph Rutherford, proposed that the organization officially adopt the name “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” July 26 then seemed like a perfect day to honor those who had been, and would continuously be, victimized by the Watchtower Society and their harsh practices.
Conveniently, that first Day in 2014 fell on a Saturday; in 2015, on a Sunday.
However, as the years went on, many former Jehovah’s Witnesses and others admitted that it was difficult to leave a memorial or otherwise commemorate the event on a weekday.
To ensure convenience and allow as many people as possible to participate comfortably, we now encourage everyone to mark our Watchtower Victims Memorial Day on the third Saturday of July. We hope this change is a positive one for all those wishing to participate!
What is the purpose of this Day? Why not leave your former religion alone and simply move on?
While we appreciate that outsiders and current Jehovah’s Witnesses might not appreciate the value of our Watchtower Victims Memorial Day, those who have been victims of horrific abuses while in the religion, and who have lost contact with family after leaving, often feel the need to express their grief and sorrow.
Many participants also appreciate the value of letting those who are “physically in but mentally out” know that there is support for them outside the religion. This support is especially vital for child molestation and domestic violence victims who might feel that they have no where to turn and no one on their side!
How do I share photos or videos to the website?
You can email photos to WatchtowerVictims@gmail.com.
If your photos are too large for email, consider uploading them to Dropbox, Vimeo, or another online hosting site, and then email us the link.
You can also share your photos and videos on your social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) and then email the link or your online I.D. to the address above.
Also, tag photos and videos on social media with #WatchtowerVictims or #WatchtowerVictimsMemorialDay. We will do our best to collect and share them as much as possible.
Who do I talk to about participating?
Note that there is no one “organizing” everyone’s participation, and each person should mark this Day in a way that is meaningful to them.
Think of this Day as you would a holiday or your birthday; there is no “right way” or “wrong way” to observe those special days and no one to organize your observance but you!
We do, however, want to ensure that no one vandalize property, block access to property entryways or other pedestrians, litter, etc., or cause a disturbance in any way.
Also, if you wish to organize a protest, hand out leaflets, etc., be sure to check on local laws that require a permit, limit your locations, and the like.