The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss, and The High Sherriff of Hertfordshire, Suzy Harvey, joined the Mayor of Broxbourne alongside members of the Council and the general public on Friday 25 January in the gardens of Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon, for a moving ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
The ceremony commenced with reflective music as attendees bowed their heads in rememberance of 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 Council, Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop was the first to speak: “We remember them, as long as we live, they live too – for they are now part of us as we remember them.”
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Paul Seeby, alongside The Mayor of Broxbourne, Councillor Carol Crump, the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and representatives of faith groups also shared poignant readings during the service. The students of Robert Barclay Academy and St Catherine’s Primary School performed readings and placed flowers beside the memorial to represent the lives lost during the Holocaust, and to acknowledge the children who suffered under the Nazi regime.
As the ceremony drew to a finish, attendees paid their respects by leaving stones on the Holocaust Memorial monument and paired shoes next to it as a sign of solidarity and a way to bring to mind the piles of shoes left by the millions of victims at Aushwitz concentration camp.
For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day, please visit www.hmd.org.uk.