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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day was marked by a ser­vice at Ash­ford’s Me­mo­rial Gar­dens.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic joined re­li­gious lead­ers and coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives by the Anne Frank Tree to re­mem­ber the mil­lions who were mur­dered in the Holo­caust as well as those who have died in sub­se­quent geno­cides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bos­nia and Dar­fur.

The ser­vice on Mon­day was led by Canon Colin Preece, vicar of St Mary’s Church, Ash­ford, sup­ported by John MacKen­zie, mayor’s chap­lain at St Mary’s the Vir­gin Church, Willes­bor­ough, and Fa­ther Michael Lovell, from St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church.

The world­wide event has been held each year since 2001.

Mayor of Ash­ford Cllr David Smith, who placed a com­mem­o­ra­tive cross at the site, said: “The day aims to en­sure the hor­ren­dous crimes against hu­man­ity com­mit­ted dur­ing the Holo­caust are re­mem­bered and that its 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.”

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The Rev Colin Preece leads the ser­vice

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM3007309

Mayor of Ash­ford Cllr David Smith and Cyril Bishop, of the Royal Bri­tish le­gion

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Karen Pearce and Lynne Whaley sam­ple some olives

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