Mendip marks UK Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Mendip District Council is marking the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which commemorates victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

The Council will fly the Union flag at half-mast at its offices in Shepton Mallet tomorrow (27th Jan), as well as posting social media content on its corporate channels throughout the day.

In addition, Deputy Chief Executive, Tracy Aarons, will show the Council's support by displaying a lit candle in her window, as this year's theme is 'Be the light in the darkness'. The gesture is to remember those who have suffered, and symbolises a rejection of hatred and prejudice. HMD candle

HMD is a national awareness day organised annually by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), as a meaningful opportunity for people to come together and learn from genocide for a better future.

Due to the current lockdown restrictions, event organisers will be live streaming the national ceremony online at 7pm on Wednesday, 27th January.

Cllr Liz Leyshon is Mendip District Council's Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services and Projects. She said: "It's important we support this poignant, national event and demonstrate our intolerance to antisemitism.

"It's a day where we can remember, understand and reflect upon the lessons of the Holocaust. It reminds us of the need to be alert to any early signs of hatred, racism and discrimination in society, and to challenge this behaviour, so it never takes hold in our communities."

Residents can watch the ceremony and receive a link in advance by registering via hmd.org.uk/uk-holocaust-memorial-day-2021-ceremony or by following the hashtags #HolocaustMemorialDay and #LightTheDarkness on social media.

Looking for ideas and activities to pay your own tribute? Visit hmd.org.uk/take-part-in-holocaust-memorial-day/hmd-together.