Welwyn Hatfield to remember Holocaust

PUBLISHED: 15:37 19 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:37 19 January 2017

Reiss Memorial Garden, Parkway, WGC town centre

Reiss Memorial Garden, Parkway, WGC town centre


Welwyn Hatfield residents are invited to join the mayor for a ‘moving and symbolic’ ceremony to remember the Holocaust.

Residents can join the mayor in remembering the Holocaust on Friday, January 27, with a ceremony at The Reiss Memorial, in Welwyn Garden City.

Starting at 11am, the service begins with a speech from Welwyn Hatfield mayor Patricia Mabbott, to be followed by readings, prayers, a minute’s silence, and the releasing of doves.

To coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, observed throughout the UK on January 27, the ceremony touches upon this year’s theme “How can life go on?”.

The mayor said: “We mustn’t forget the atrocities of the 20th century, such as the Holocaust and other genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, and more recently in Sudan.

“By marking these dates in our past, and by commemorating the loss of life, we can make sure that people remain forever conscious of the terrible acts of hate that have occurred in human history, to ensure that lessons are learned and mistakes aren’t repeated.

“I would like to welcome everyone in Welwyn Hatfield to attend this moving, symbolic, historically important ceremony.”

After the ceremony, the mayor invites everyone in attendance to join her for a reception at the Welwyn Garden City Synagogue on Barn Close, Handside Lane.

More information about the day can be found at www.hmd.org.uk

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