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Holocaust Memorial Day Service

Posted on Monday 22nd January 2018
St Woolos conservation area

Newport City Council is hosting the annual Holocaust Memorial Day in the city with a special service at Newport Cathedral taking place on Wednesday, January 24 at 11am.

The Mayor of Newport Councillor David Fouweather will be attending the service which will be taken by the Very Reverend Lister Tonge with assistance from Canon Mark Dimond.

Invited guests include the Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, the High Sheriff of Gwent Kevin Thomas and his wife Mrs Elaine Thomas, the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken, the Chief Executive of the council Will Godfrey and the Mayoress Mrs Paula Fouweather.

Youngsters from across the city’s schools have also been invited to the event with selected pupils taking lead roles within the service including St Joseph’s RC High School choir and Gwent Youth Brass Ensemble.

The candle procession will be led by pupils from St Mary’s RC Primary School with the first reading from a pupil from John Frost High School with the second reading coming from Newport High School. Pupils from St Joseph’s RC High School will be reading prayers and be involved in the Candle Procession.

Pupils from Pillgwenlly, Millbrook and Ringland Primary Schools will form a guard of honour at the main entry area of the cathedral.

The national commemoration event has taken place in the UK since 2001 with more than 2,400 local activities taking place on or around 27th January each year

This is a day when we can all pay our respects and remember the millions of people who have died, or whose lives have been changed during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The theme for this year’s  service is ‘the power of words’ and people are being asked how words can make a difference both for good and evil, highlighting the impact words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides through propaganda used to incite, slogans written in resistance  and memoirs recording such events.

If you would like to join in the city’s service then please attend on the day. The service is expected to run for just under an hour.

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