The Broxtowe Community stood together at a short ceremony this morning to mark the 17th annual Holocaust Memorial event in the Walled Garden at Bramcote Hills Park.
Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Graham Harvey was joined by 14 year old Oliver Leask and Nathan Taylor, pupils from Alderman White School and members of Bramcote Youth Voice, in delivering readings to reflect the theme of this year’s event, ‘How Can Life Go On?’.
Knitted memories were also placed around the Holocaust Memorial in the park as well as on one of the benches, knitted by local crafter Hannah Birch and her son Barney Birch from Fernwood School who will be writing about the event for his school newsletter. They took Hannah a month to complete.
“There have been many tragic incidents across the world in the past year and the theme of ‘How Can Life Go On?’ is an important message for us to remember the past and think about how they can work together to create a future filled with peace, harmony and unity.” said Councillor Harvey.
Each year for the past 17 years Broxtowe Borough Council has held a ceremony at Bramcote Hills Park on 27th January to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The Holocaust Memorial Garden
The Holocaust Memorial Garden at Bramcote Hills Park was opened at the first ceremony on 27th January 2001. The garden helps to ‘Keep the Memory Alive’ in the Borough, including a sculpture created by Naomi Blake, a survivor of Auschwitz in memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis because of who they were, a Ginkgo Biloba Tree in memory of Dr Matel Shimonovna Chernyavskaya, a Holocaust survivor, which was planted as a lasting tribute to commemorate victims and symbolise hope for the future, a sapling tree to mark Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday and in December 2014, a Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ tree was planted to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.
Holocaust Memorial Day is a nationwide event held each year to remember those affected by the crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust and in subsequent atrocities throughout the world.
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