Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Crowd at the service listening to the Mayor's speech.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council invites residents to join a memorial ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 on Thursday 25 January at The Campus Arena, Welwyn Garden City.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Fragility of Freedom’, which reflects on the challenges faced by millions of people around the world who suffer from prejudice, discrimination and hostility because of their identity.

The ceremony will begin at 11.00 am and last for 30 minutes. It will include a welcome and introduction by the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Councillor Pankit Shah, followed by words from Vice Lord-Lieutenant Anthony Chapman DL, Ava Mohammad Aghaei, Vice Chair of Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council, and Wendy Lidgate, Welwyn Hatfield Interfaith Group. There will also be prayers from Welwyn Hatfield Jewish Congregation and a one-minute silence as a mark of respect.

Councillor Paul Zukowskyj, Leader of the Council, said:

The theme of ‘Fragility of Freedom’ reminds us of the importance of defending human rights and dignity, and standing up against hatred and intolerance. The loss of human rights and personal freedoms for us all was what prompted me to get involved in politics, so it is very important and personal for me. I hope that many residents will join us for this meaningful ceremony.

The ceremony is free and open to all. No booking is required.

Published: 19th January 2024