West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on Friday, 27 January to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in the genocides, which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
HMD takes place every year on 27 January. This year, the theme is ‘Ordinary People’, which signifies those who are persecuted, oppressed, and murdered in genocide aren’t persecuted because of crimes they’ve committed – they are persecuted simply because they are ordinary people who belong to a particular group.
To mark the day community groups and dignitaries will come together for a ceremony in the Great Hall, within the Guildhall, Northampton from 1pm to 2.30pm.
The event will commence with the lighting of candles and the laying of flowers in the Courtyard, followed by various speakers including Chairman of WNC Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage, WNC Leader Cllr Jonathan Nunn and Michael Necus, President of the Northampton Hebrew Congregation.
There will be performances from Northamptonshire schools and Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts (NMPAT), as well as a reading of the statement of commitments from the Northamptonshire Youth Forum, followed by refreshments including Challah – a traditional Jewish bread.
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