Multi-faith commemoration and civic service to remember victims on Holocaust Memorial Day

Anne Frank
Anne Frank

Victims of the Holocaust will be remembered in a commemorative ceremony in Bedford tomorrow.

It is Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday, January 27 and in memory of the victims, Bedford Borough will carry out a multi-faith commemoration.

The first part of the commemoration will take place around the Anne Frank Tree in Russell Park, between Pembroke and Bower Street, at midday, and will be conducted by the Rev Mike Fudger, of Bedford Council of Faiths.

After a short walk back to the Harpur Suite, a civic commemoration will then commence at 12.45pm, and will be conducted by the Rev Cassandra Howes, co-chair of Bedford Council of Faiths.

This part of the event will consist of readings and music. The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Journeys’.

Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day encourages people to reflect upon the terrible consequences of the persecution that led to the Holocaust.

Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an occasion where we come together to remember the millions of victims of genocide and to consider the dangers of failing to tackle hatred or exclusion in any form.”

The Rev Cass Howes added: “It’s important that we remember and acknowledge the past, but more important that we move on and work together to create a hopeful future”.