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Great Yarmouth Borough Council marks Holocaust Memorial Day with service

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 with its annual service in the borough.

Holocaust Memorial Day occurs every year on January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau - and this year's service will take place at the Caister Municipal Cemetery in Ormesby Road, Caister.

The service will be led by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth's Chaplain, Revd Albert Cadmore. He will be joined by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Penny Carpenter, and the President of the Great Yarmouth branch of the Royal British Legion, Colleen Walker.

Members of the public are invited to join the service, which will start at 11am. People are asked to arrive a few minutes early to ensure they are present before the service begins.

Organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), this year's theme for the memorial day is Fragility of Freedom. The theme aims to highlight that many people in western democracies take freedoms for granted and encourages people to reflect on how these freedoms need to be valued, and on how many people around the world face restrictions to their freedoms to live, worship, work and love freely.

The Mayor, Coun Carpenter, said: ''Here at Great Yarmouth Borough Council we are proud to support Holocaust Memorial Day and provide an opportunity for our residents to remember the six million Jews and millions of people from other groups who were murdered under Nazi persecution during the Holocaust.

''It is also a chance to reflect on recent genocides throughout the world. We hope as many people as possible are able to attend the service.''

HDMT exists to highlight how The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation and how genocide should be resisted every day. It says the world often feels fragile and vulnerable and urges people not to be complacent.

Every year on Holocaust Memorial Day across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future.

Find out more about the HMDT here:

Last modified on 08 January 2024

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