Havant Borough Council invites residents to a commemorative service at 11am on Friday 25 January to remember the victims of the Holocaust.
The service – being held at the Holocaust Memorial in New Lane Cemetery, Eastern Road, Havant, PO9 2JE – is an important reminder of the heinous crimes committed against humanity during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Torn from Home’ and will be led by Councillor Leah Turner.
Each year, local students from schools in the Borough of Havant are invited. It is a chance for our next generation to give their respects and learn why discrimination must not be tolerated in our communities.
Students from Cowplain School, Park Community School and Oaklands Catholic School will give powerful readings, with Hayling College, Horndean Technology College and Crookhorn School pupils also attending.
Following the event, a reception will be held at the Public Service Plaza, Havant, PO9 2AX, where artwork from the schools will be on display.
Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet Lead for Communities, Development and Housing, said: “We are pleased to once again commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on behalf of the residents of the Havant borough.
“We are particularly delighted that so many of the secondary school pupils from within the Borough will be attending and taking part. We are confident that in their hands the past will be still be remembered in the hope that such atrocities will not reoccur.”
For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day, please visit: www.hmd.org.uk