Hertsmere residents encouraged to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Watford Observer: Hertsmere residents encouraged to mark Holocaust Memorial Day Hertsmere residents encouraged to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Residents of Hertsmere are invited to a candlelit parade and ceremony that will take place later this month to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Paul Morris OBE, has changed the usual programme of the annual event, which will take place on Monday, January 27, previously held at the Civic Offices, to draw more attention to the occasion.

The hope is that around 150 people will form a parade led by the Mayor, to walk from Borehamwood Shopping Park along Shenley Road carrying candlelit lanterns. The parade will end at The Ark Theatre where a ceremony will take place with local secondary schools, youth groups, councillors and religious leaders.

The ceremony will include a two-minute silence and speeches from the Mayor and Leader of the Council, Morris Bright.

Mayor Cllr Morris said: "The parade and ceremony are being held as part of international memorial events as an opportunity for people to pause to remember the millions of people who have been affected by the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

"We’re fortunate in the UK that we are not at risk of genocide but we must work together to challenge and eradicate all forms of discrimination, racism and hatred and Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to make a stand.

"We are also lucky in Hertsmere that we have diverse and happy communities where the majority of people are tolerant of others and their beliefs. The strongest communities are those that celebrate differences and where there is respect for all."

The parade will start at 6pm.

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11:56am Sun 19 Jan 14

joestrummer says...

A memorial of the Holocaust is an important reminder of how inhumane people can be to each other. It is a reminder that, if left unchecked, regimes will take extreme measures to enforce a theology or ideology. We do not have to look too far in to the past to see this at work. 1994 the massacre of the Tutsis in Rwanda, the thousands of Bosnians murdered in Srebrenica in 1995 and the continuing mass murder of the peoples of Darfur, Palestine and Syria.
We must remember that these are people who have families, lives, jobs, dreams and expectation like ours. In the main people want to live their lives in peace and get on with their neighbour. People rarely start wars government do and this is not an anarchistic rant against government. We, the citizens, must stand against this wrong doing and implore our government to intervene in these acts of barbarism.
How, how can the government help stop the peoples of distant lands being killed. Sanctions have little effect because they are not fully enforced. To stop all military aid, the guns, bullets and bombs that kill people would be a start. To take away the means of kill will be a start. To stop thinking what will be good for the British economy, by which I mean the banks and large corporations. To remove the diplomatic privileges of countries that supply arms to despot governments and rebels.
An example would be if China removed its military aid from Africa. War would end very quickly without weapons. They have started to invest more in infrastructure but still have a vast military holding in many African nations. How many less Palestinians would die if the Americans withdrew military aid to Israel? If instead of the British government giving a billion pounds in aid for India to build an aircraft carrier we funded charitable organisation to build schools and health clinics
Join the parade and show that we, the people of Hertsmere stand against tyranny and for a peaceful existence.
End of rant!
A memorial of the Holocaust is an important reminder of how inhumane people can be to each other. It is a reminder that, if left unchecked, regimes will take extreme measures to enforce a theology or ideology. We do not have to look too far in to the past to see this at work. 1994 the massacre of the Tutsis in Rwanda, the thousands of Bosnians murdered in Srebrenica in 1995 and the continuing mass murder of the peoples of Darfur, Palestine and Syria. We must remember that these are people who have families, lives, jobs, dreams and expectation like ours. In the main people want to live their lives in peace and get on with their neighbour. People rarely start wars government do and this is not an anarchistic rant against government. We, the citizens, must stand against this wrong doing and implore our government to intervene in these acts of barbarism. How, how can the government help stop the peoples of distant lands being killed. Sanctions have little effect because they are not fully enforced. To stop all military aid, the guns, bullets and bombs that kill people would be a start. To take away the means of kill will be a start. To stop thinking what will be good for the British economy, by which I mean the banks and large corporations. To remove the diplomatic privileges of countries that supply arms to despot governments and rebels. An example would be if China removed its military aid from Africa. War would end very quickly without weapons. They have started to invest more in infrastructure but still have a vast military holding in many African nations. How many less Palestinians would die if the Americans withdrew military aid to Israel? If instead of the British government giving a billion pounds in aid for India to build an aircraft carrier we funded charitable organisation to build schools and health clinics Join the parade and show that we, the people of Hertsmere stand against tyranny and for a peaceful existence. End of rant! joestrummer

1:53pm Sun 19 Jan 14

LSC says...

I have to agree. We often hear of people with no food in various parts of Africa for instance, but they never seem short of bullets.

As to the Holocaust itself, I still find it frightening that it could have happened in a country quite similar to our own, and not so very long ago. I believe the quote goes something like: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".
Which is a very sobering thought. As many on here know, I'm not a fan of teaching religion, but teaching history is essential.
I have to agree. We often hear of people with no food in various parts of Africa for instance, but they never seem short of bullets. As to the Holocaust itself, I still find it frightening that it could have happened in a country quite similar to our own, and not so very long ago. I believe the quote goes something like: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". Which is a very sobering thought. As many on here know, I'm not a fan of teaching religion, but teaching history is essential. LSC

12:48pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

Worse than your worst nightmare, on an almost inconceivable scale. And it happened in Germany not long ago. Hard to believe.
Worse than your worst nightmare, on an almost inconceivable scale. And it happened in Germany not long ago. Hard to believe. Harry's Bar

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