THURROCK will again be marking International Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27 January at the High View Avenue Memorial Gardens in Grays.
This year’s theme is “How can life go on?” – Holocaust Memorial Day is not only about commemorating past genocides and honouring those who died, but about standing with those who survived.
The free event is open to all and will begin at 11am. As in previous years, the service will include the laying of white pebbles on the newly refurbished memorial.
In 2014, some young people who attend the annual service thought laying pebbles for one day and putting them away was not enough. Inspired, the group raised £600 towards building the permanent display which is in place now.
East Tilbury stonemasons – Madstone Ltd – donated their skills and sponsorship to complete the memorial which states: ‘In remembrance of the millions of people killed in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides throughout the world. We honour the survivors from regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today.’
Cllr Sue MacPherson, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies are always incredibly moving and remind us all where bullying and blind discrimination can lead us.
“It is a time for us to remember those who have survived and make sure their stories are told.
“These terrible events should never be forgotten and that we have learned the lessons of the past so as not to allow them to be repeated in the future.”
A further event will be held at Thameside Theatre on the evening of the 27 January 4.30pm to 6pm. ‘Holocaust Remembered’ will showcase poetry, readings and stories. This event is hosted by Woodside Academy and supported by partner schools across Thurrock.
More information on these events can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/events