The Mayor, Cllr Sean Keating, accompanied by the Chief Executive, Mel Barrett, will be laying a wreath for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.
Service at the War Memorial
The wreath will be laid at the War Memorial on Monday 28 January 2019 to acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane borough.
At 10am, a bugler will sound to mark the observance of one minute’s silence. The Mayor’s Chaplain will then say a few words.
Open to the Public
Any members of the public who wish to attend may do so. The service will finish at approximately 10.15am.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 Theme
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is ‘Torn from Home’, which encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.
‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. On HMD 2019 we will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.
HMD 2019 will include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994 and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia, which ended in 1979. HMD activity organisers may particularly want to acknowledge this milestone anniversary, and reflect on how this theme impacts on members of the Rwandan and Cambodian communities.
For further information go to the website www.hmd.org.uk