Thurrock set to commemorate International Holocaust Day

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THURROCK will once again be commemorating International Holocaust Memorial Day with a free public event in Grays this January.

Taking place on Monday 28 January at Palmer’s Memorial Rest Gardens in Grays, the service will begin at 11am and is open to all members of the public to attend.

The annual Holocaust Memorial Day event reminds us to condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism and to value a free, tolerant and democratic society. This year’s theme is ‘Torn from home’ which encourages us to think about how the loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.

Cllr Deb Huelin, Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “International Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for us all to reflect on and commemorate the events of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

“By ensuring the Holocaust has a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory, we can teach future generations about its consequences to build a better future moulded by mutual understanding, justice and respect.”

The service will last approximately one hour. More information can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/hmd

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