Mayor invites you to Holocaust Memorial Day event

15 Jan 2016

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Professor Howard Burrell MA, B.Mus. FRSA, Hon.FUH is inviting people from across the town to attend a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January.

The event, which gives people a chance to remember all those lost in the holocaust and other genocides, takes place in the Council Chamber at Daneshill House at 6.15pm. It is organised by Stevenage Borough Council and supported by Hertfordshire County Libraries and the Stevenage Liberal Synagogue,

The Mayor will be joined by Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Council Leader Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, Mayors from neighbouring towns, fellow councillors and local religious leaders to see the lighting of the memorial candle.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, ‘Don’t Stand By’ encourages people to consider the ways in which they can choose not to be bystanders today, both to antisemitism, racism and hate crime, and to international threats of genocide.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Howard Burrell, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day gives us all an opportunity to remember the millions of people who have lost their lives in the holocaust and other genocides.

“We’re fortunate in the UK that we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended and there is still much to do to create a safer future. Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to start this process and I hope that people from different cultures and religions across Stevenage will attend and show solidarity.”

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day and details of the national campaign, visit HMD.org.uk.

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