Mayor invites you to Holocaust Memorial Day event

16 Jan 2017

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor John Lloyd CC is inviting people from across the town to attend a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Thursday 26 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 Robert Voss CBE, 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, ‘How can life go on?’ encourages people to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime. Speakers will talk about the Holocaust, genocide of those of the Bahá'í Faith in Iran and the plight of the Roma Gypsies.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr John Lloyd CC, said: “We’re fortunate in the UK that we are not at risk of genocide but 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. Please contact Tracey Frost on 01438 242227 or email tracey.frost@stevenage.gov.uk if you would like to attend.

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