Mayor urges support for Holocaust day
The Mayor of Ashford is calling on residents in the borough to join him by marking Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2014.
The world event – held each year since 2001 – takes place next Monday.
To mark the day, a special service led by the Rev Colin Preece (Vicar of St Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford) and supported by John MacKenzie (Mayor’s Chaplain, St Mary’s the Virgin Church, Willesborough) and Father Michael Lovell (St Teresa of Avilia Roman Catholic Church), is to be held at the Anne Frank Tree in Ashford’s Memorial Gardens at 11am.
The Mayor, Cllr David Smith, said: “The day aims to ensure that the horrendous crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust are remembered, and that their relevance for each new generation is understood.
“The day acts as a reminder to all of us of our responsibility to protect the civil and human rights of all people in our society.”
HMD commemorates the millions who were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides such as those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today.
Mayor Cllr David Smith and Anne Frank, who died at BergenBelsen concentration camp aged 15