Flag Raised In Richmondshire For Holocaust Memoral Day
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
Richmondshire District Council marked national Holocaust Memorial Day by raising a special flag yesterday.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is a time for everyone to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
“It is important that we continue to remember those whose lives were lost or permanently scarred by these atrocities,” said Vice Chairman of the Council, Councillor Russell Lord, who had several family members who were victims of the German persecution.
“The theme for 2014, ‘Journeys’, provided an opportunity for us to consider the journeys which those affected by genocide have been forced to make.
“HMD is about learning from the past to build a better future; it is about promoting equality, respect and understanding. We hope people used the day to take a step towards creating a safer, better future.”
Members and staff watched Chairman, Councillor Rob Johnson raise the flag – the first time the new flag pole at Mercury House has been officially used.