Chorley commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day 2012
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People of different faiths and cultures in Chorley will take part in an event in memory of all those who died in the Holocaust and acts of genocide.
A special day of events has been planned on Saturday 28 January, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day where local people can commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and help build tolerance and understanding of different faiths and cultures across the borough.
|Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 service at The Cenotaph Astley|
The day will start with a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Astley Park at 10.45am, followed by tea and coffee for invited guests at Chorley Town Hall.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Goldsworthy, said: "It's important that we continue to remember and reflect upon the horrors of the Holocaust and all types of genocide across the world.
"As well as remembering those who have suffered, this event will bring together people of different faiths and cultures in Chorley to encourage even greater tolerance, respect and understanding."
Holocaust Memorial Day is officially held on 27 January, however, events are taking place across the country before and after that date.
The aim of the day is to commemorate everyone who suffered as a result of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II as well as encouraging people to think about more recent genocides across the world, including events in Rwanda and Kosovo.
In Chorley, a short parade will form at the gates of Astley Park and make its way to the Cenotaph. The Catholic Dean of Chorley, Father Doctor Francis Marsden will lead the service. A two-minute silence at 11am will be followed by a sounding of The Last Post, prayers and wreath laying.
|Father Marsden at the Chorley Holocaust Memorial Day 2012|
Kinga Grzeczynska, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Service in Chorley, said: "The ceremony in Chorley is very well supported and I would like to invite people of different faiths and cultures to join us in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and acts of genocide or victims of terrorism.
"The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 is 'Speak Up, Speak Out', asking people to consider what they see and hear around them, to use their voices to speak up against hatred and discrimination, and to create a better future for us all.
"It's important that we continue to remember and educate people so we do not see atrocities like this again."