Holocaust Memorial Day is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own - it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the UK as we are not at immediate risk of genocide.
The theme for 2023’s Holocaust Memorial Day is Fragility of Freedom.
‘That is when the trouble started for the Jews. Our freedom was severely restricted by a series of anti-Jewish decrees’ – Anne Frank, diary entry, Saturday 20 June 1942 – reflecting back on May 1940 when the Germans arrived in the Netherlands.
Saturday 27 January 2024 at 10am
All welcome. As this is an outside event, please dress according to the weather on the day.
There will no parking available on the Civic campus. Find details of car parks in the town centre.
Filming and photography will take place. If you do not wish to be captured in any images, please speak to a member of staff in the courtyard on the day.
The Worshipful the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr David Leeks, accompanied by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Paul Harvey, will be laying a wreath at the War Memorial on Saturday 27 January 2024 to acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day on behalf of the borough of Basingstoke and Deane.
At 10am, a bugler will sound to mark the observance of one minute’s silence after which, the welcome and address to be taken by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Steve McKay.
The short service will finish at approximately 10.15am.
All are welcome to join the Memorial Service, uniting with others in our communities to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.
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