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Mayor to lead remembrance for Holocaust Memorial Day

News release 10079, published on 18 Jan 2022
Next week residents across Basingstoke and Deane are being encouraged to remember the victims of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

A service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will take place at 10am at the War Memorial, next to the Civic Offices on Thursday 27 January to remember those who suffered and died in the genocides, and those still living who lost family, friends and loved ones.

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Onnalee Cubitt will lead tributes on behalf of the borough. She will be joined by pupils from the Costello School who will present some of their poems and reflections at the ceremony. Their artwork will be also be displayed on banners around the base of the War Memorial.

The Mayor and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's Chief Executive Russell O’Keefe will lay a wreath on behalf of the borough and a bugler will mark the observance of two minutes’ silence.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘One Day' and people are encouraged to interpret the theme in their own way with suggestions and information available on the Holocaust Memorial Day website: www.hmd.org.uk/what-is-holocaust-memorial-day/this-years-theme/

Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated worldwide since 2000 on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, in 1945.

The Mayor, Cllr Cubitt said: “Residents are invited to join me as we pause to remember the victims of the Holocaust and more recent genocides.

"By doing so we honour those who lost their lives and those who survived the atrocities of the past. We also light the darkness, learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future."

You can find out more about National Holocaust Day by visiting: https://www.hmd.org.uk

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