Members of the local community are invited to attend a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
On Friday 26 January, Chairman of Waveney District Council Cllr Frank Mortimer and the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft Peter Knight will lay a wreath at Lowestoft Railway Station in memory of those killed in the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Members of Waveney Youth Council will also lay a wreath on behalf of local young people. This will then be followed by a moment of reflection lead by Rev. Matthew Payne.
Cllr Mortimer said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day offers an opportunity for reflection and remembrance of the millions who died during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. It also gives us the chance to learn from these terrible events and ensure they are never repeated.”
Cllr Knight said:
“The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is the power of words. This important occasion gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past and consider how we, collectively and individually, respond in actions and words to reinforce values of equality and humanity when faced with attempts to restrict fundamental rights and freedoms.”
Wreaths are laid at the station each year in recognition of the arrival of a ‘kindertransport’ train in December 1938, carrying over 200 Jewish children who had been evacuated from Nazi Europe. The children were billeted at a number of places including Pontins in Pakefield and St Felix School in Southwold.
Organised by Waveney’s Communities Team, the wreath-laying ceremony commences at 10.30am and is open to all.