Havant Borough Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 in a special virtual service

Monday, 25 January, 2021

Every Holocaust Memorial Day, Havant Borough Council holds a public service to mark the day and remember the victims of the Holocaust.

This year, the service could not go ahead as usual due to the national lockdown, but councillors, local schools and some special guests all came together virtually to get creative and present it in a different way.

A video of the service will be available on the Havant Borough Council Facebook page from 11am on Wednesday 27 January, which is this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

You can follow along live, or the video will be made available to watch at any time after.

Councillor Leah Turner, who is leading the service, said: “We knew that this year, we wouldn’t be able to hold our usual service to mark the day.

“It is always particularly important to us that we are joined by pupils of secondary schools across our borough, who give readings as part of our service.

“Our service is to honour the survivors still with us, to remember the millions that were killed and to ensure future generations never forget what happened.

“The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is ‘be the light in the darkness’. This reminds us that as low as humanity can sink, we can always stand together in solidarity and choose to be the light.”

The service will include readings from Councillor Leah Turner, Mayor of Havant Councillor Prad Bains, poems, artwork and readings from schools across the borough and an interview with Holocaust survivor Paul Sved.

Watch the service on our Facebook page from 11am on Wednesday 27 January.