Buckingham Town Council will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 26th January 2024 @ 11am around Bourton Park’s Memorial Stone (see below map for exact location) . The service is open to everyone and anyone who wishes to attend.
On Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
The ceremony will be hosted by the Town Mayor, Cllr Anja Schaefer and commence 11am at the eastern end of Bourton Park around the Holocaust Memorial Stone. If you are planning on attending the event, please be aware that car parking in Bourton Park is limited, so please plan your trip in advance, if possible use the footpaths, use public transport or explore (safe and considerate) on-street parking within neighbouring housing estates.
The ceremony will include readings and poems from members of community, including poems from pupils of The Buckingham School and hand painted memorial leaves from students at The George Grenville Primary School.
The memorial stone was installed in 2021 and is bedrock, sourced from Buckingham’s Brackley Road cemetery. It was transported, as a gesture to the community, by local firm Paragon Tool Hire. Buckingham Town Council employed local stonemason and a master letter carver Louis Francis, to engrave the Holocaust Memorial Day emblem and wording.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year across the UK iconic landmarks and buildings will be lighting up in purple and individuals will place candles in their windows to stand against prejudice and hatred. You can find more information about other ways to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website: www.hmd.org.uk