Residents from across the borough joined Havering’s distinguished guests at Coronation Gardens in Romford yesterday, Sunday 23 of January for a special Holocaust memorial service.
The annual service was held by Romford District Synagogue’s Rabbi Lee Sunderland, with this year’s theme being ‘One Day-one day’.
Havering residents were invited to come along and remember the millions of people killed in genocides across the world at the memorial service.
Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
The theme One Day – one day being that we put everything aside to come together to remember, to learn about the past, show empathy and take action for a better future, with the aim of there being One Day in the future with no genocide.
Mayor of Havering, Councillor John Mylod, said:
“This ceremony gives us the opportunity to think about those who lost their lives and those who survived, the terrible events of the Holocaust.
“This also includes Anti-Semitism and all other forms of racism, intolerance, bigotry and hatred is of grave concern, which we ignore at our peril.
“It’s important to pause and reflect on the millions of victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and understand that we all have a responsibility to end discrimination and work together for a safer, better, future for everyone.”
Prayers were read at the service by Interfaith members of the community and Havering’s Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White.
Candles were placed by at the memorial by Andrew Rosindell MP, East Area Commander Stephen Clayman, Mayors from different boroughs and other religious representatives.