The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire joined the Mayor of Broxbourne alongside members of the Council and the general public on Friday 26 January in the gardens of Lowewood Museum for a moving ceremony that commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day.
The ceremony commenced with the sound of reflective music as attendees bowed their heads to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed in Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Leader of the Borough of Broxbourne, Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop, was the first to take to the stand with a heart-felt speech: “We remember them, as long as we live, they live too – for they are now part of us as we remember them.
He continued: “Those who did not stand by and spoke out whilst persecution took place were not only bravely acting as rescuers of individuals and showing resistance, they were also acting against prevailing views and beliefs that saw some people’s lives as worthless. By the power of words and deeds, brave people saved lives.”
Councillor Paul Seeby, Reverend John Green and the Lord Lieutenant also shared poignant messages during the service with performances by the students of Robert Barclay Academy and pupils of St Catherine’s Primary School who also placed symbolic snowdrop flowers beside the memorial to represent the 1.5 million lives that were lost during the Holocaust, and to acknowledge the children who suffered under the Nazi regime.
As the ceremony drew to an end, attendees paid their respects by leaving stones on top of the Holocaust Memorial monument and shoes next to it as a sign of solidity and a way to bring to mind the piles of shoes left by the millions of victims at Auschwitz concentration camp.
For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day visit www.hmd.org.uk.