US President Barack Obama visited Yad Vashem on Friday, March 22, 2013. He was accompanied by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau. He visited the Hall of Names, the Museum of Holocaust Art, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, and visited the Children’s Memorial. Upon completion of his visit, President Obama signed the Visitors' Book and spoke. A Token of Remembrance was presented to President Obama by Mr. Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate.
The following is what President Obama inscribed in the Visitors' Book:
We are ever mindful of the incredible human cost of the Holocaust- an evil unprecedented in the annals of history. And yet we recognize, through this place, the triumph of the Jewish people and the human spirit, and vow to be ever vigilant in preventing such horror from ever happening again.