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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

 

Holocaust Memorial Day, held on Friday 27th January 2017, will be honoured in Bedford Borough with a multi-faith commemoration.

 

The first part of the commemoration will take place around the Anne Frank Tree in Russell Park, between Pembroke and Bower Street, at 10.00am and will be conducted by Reverend Ben Lewis from St Mary’s Church, Goldington.

 

After a short walk back to the Harpur Suite, a civic commemoration will then commence at 10.45pm, led by Reverend Cassandra Howes, Chair of Bedford Council of Faiths. The commemoration will include readings, music, the recitation of The Kaddish – the Jewish mourning prayer, an interactive piece and the lighting of eleven candles.  The theme for this years’ commemoration is ‘How Can Life Go On?’

 

Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day encourages people to reflect upon the terrible consequences of the persecution that led to the Holocaust.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “This commemoration is open to all and is always a very poignant and thought-provoking occasion. It reminds us of the danger of standing by in the face of prejudice and intolerance, as those of all backgrounds and beliefs unite in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and in other genocides.”

 

Reverend Cassandra Howes, Chair of Bedford Council of Faiths, said: "It’s important that we remember and acknowledge the past but more important that we move on and work together to create a hopeful future”.

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