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Mayor leads Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations

Last Modified January 25, 2019
A candlelit parade and ceremony took place in Bushey to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).

Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Brenda Batten, led the event on 24 January, which began with the parade from the car park at the former Bushey Country Club site and along the High Street to The Bushey Arena.

Participants heard speeches and watched videos, while there were also musical performances held to remember the millions of people who suffered during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur.

Joining the Mayor were Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden and a number of Hertsmere borough councillors and officers, local dignitaries and residents. Hertsmere Volunteer Police Cadets were once again on hand to support the parade along with the Explorer Scouts. 

As well as a two minute silence, there were also speeches by the Mayor and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, videos, Hedi Argent’s story, candle lighting and performances from The Radlett Reform Synagogue Choir and Riley Levene.

Mayor Cllr Batten said: “The ceremony was very moving and poignant and reminds us of why it is so important to remember those who have suffered at the hands of genocidal regimes.

“Learning the lessons of the past will ensure that we continue to tackle the discrimination, racism and hatred that has been the root cause of these previous events.”

HMD is held every year on 27 January as this is the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

For more information on HMD, visit www.hmd.org.uk.

Posted on Friday 25th January 2019

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