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Memorial service in Weymouth to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

 Weymouth Town Council’s annual service to recognise Holocaust Memorial Day will take place in Radipole Park and Gardens, Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth on Saturday 27th January. 

The service will begin at 10.30amat the Holocaust memorial tree, planted near Alexandra Bridge and is hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Kate Wheller. 

The Mayor’s chaplain, Rev Betty Port will say prayers and a reading, and they will be joined by Councillors, Honorary Freeman, Honorary Aldermen, and members of the Friends of Radipole Gardens. Members of the public are also welcome to attend this service.  

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) occurs every year on January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in 1945 – to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. HMD also remembers people killed in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

This year’s theme is “Fragility of Freedom” which aims to highlight that many people in western democracies take freedoms for granted and encourages people to reflect on how these freedoms need to be valued, and how many people around the world face restrictions to their freedoms to live, worship, work and love freely. You can visit https://www.hmd.org.uk/ for more details. 

Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Kate Wheller, said: “This is a poignant service and an opportunity for people to come together and join members of the community in paying their respects to the victims of the Holocaust, and other genocides which have taken place since then. 

“I take pride in hosting this important Weymouth Town Council event, which helps to raise awareness about Holocaust Memorial Day.” 

Anyone planning to attend the event is advised to arrive a few minutes before the start of the service at 10.30am. 


Notes to Editors 

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