This Holocaust Memorial Day (Wednesday 27 January), the Hampshire County Council flag is flying at half-mast at the Authority’s Winchester headquarters building in remembrance of all the victims of the Holocaust and more recent genocides across the world.
County Council Leader, Councillor Keith Mans said:
On this Holocaust Memorial Day, as we reflect on some of the most appalling events in our history, we must keep in mind what the Holocaust can teach us today. The Holocaust reminds us how important it is to stand against all types of modern day discrimination, exploitation and persecution. The global pandemic affecting so many parts of our society, in so many ways, has highlighted the inequalities between different groups across the world – inequalities that we, as a society, still have much work to resolve.
Here in Hampshire, we continue to tackle inequality and discrimination through our work to support all Hampshire’s communities. I’m extremely proud of this Authority’s work over the years to tackle hate crime, and through our education services to promote inclusion, and foster respect and understanding between different faiths and cultures. I am in no doubt that Hampshire is a better place because of its diversity.
The importance of Holocaust Memorial Day is to not only remember the victims and the brave men and women who stood together against such persecution but from our reflections, to also become more resolute in striving for tolerance and understanding in our communities. Respecting difference and valuing diversity, are behaviours that can never be taken for granted.
The UK’s Holocaust Memorial Day Trust provides a wide range of resources to enable people to mark the annual Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January. For further information see the Holocaust Memorial Day website.