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Invitation to join the Mayor at Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony

News release 9599, published on 08 Jan 2020
The Holocaust and other acts of genocide will be remembered in Basingstoke at a wreath-laying ceremony to mark UK Holocaust Memorial Day.


The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor will lead the ceremony on Monday 27 January 2020 at 10am at the War Memorial, next to the Civic Offices. Members of the public are welcome to attend.


Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's Deputy Chief Executive Ian Boll will lay a wreath at the memorial on behalf of the borough. A bugler will mark the observance of two minutes’ silence and the Mayor's chaplain Dr Andy Taylor will speak.


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. This year marks the 75th anniversary of its liberation and also the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.


The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Stand Together’, urging all to stand together in our communities to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.


The Mayor, Cllr Taylor, said: “I hope borough residents will join me on 27 January to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition, during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides.


“It will also be an opportunity to honour the survivors and remember the lessons of their experiences.”


For more information, visit https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/holocaustmemorialday

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