Mayor urges sup­port for Holo­caust day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

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

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