Holocaust Memorial Day, Whitefield

Whitefield’s first ever Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations receive warm praise.

It may have been a damp January evening, but there was a warm welcome in Whitefield this Sunday for its first ever official Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event. The theme of the evening was The Power of Words, and more than 40 members of the local community gathered at the Millennium Flagpole Garden on Bury New Road to recite several moving works of poetry and prose, including a piece by Ugandan poet, Susan Kiguli, entitled “Mothers Sing a Lullaby” and Manchester born poet David Puller’s “Will You Kill Me?”

 

 

 

 Readings were led by Cllr Rishi Shori, the Labour Leader of Bury Council, who said “It was an incredibly poignant Holocaust Memorial Day event, organised by local trade unionist and political activists. I hope that this is the first of many to come”.

 

 

 

 

Pat McDonagh, chair of Manchester UNISON Local Government branch praised his fellow local residents “The community of Whitefield today showed its support for all people oppressed, persecuted and murdered by evil regimes around the world”.

Event organiser Eddy Redmond voiced optimism regarding future HMD events in Whitefield “I’d really like to see this become a community owned event that reflects the diverse local population” adding “it’s incumbent on current generations to keep the lessons of the past in focus in order to help create a safer, better future for all”.

Following a perfectly observed minutes silence there was a candle lighting ceremony, giving the opportunity for those assembled to remember and reflect on those who were murdered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January – is marked by thousands of people who come together in schools, workplaces and public spaces. By pausing together we reflect on the appalling events of the past, and commit to creating a safer and better future. 

Whitefield HMD was organised by members of UNISON Manchester branch, UNISON Pennine Acute Health branch, and local political actvists.

Date Online: 29/01/2018

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