Merton remembers….

Merton will plant a symbol of remembrance for Holocaust Memorial Day, at the first commemoration ever held by Merton Council, on Sunday 27 January at 3pm in Wimbledon Park.

A shrub will be planted by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Stuart Pickover in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and genocides in the post-war period. This will be followed by readings and reflections in the Pavilion.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002 is Britain, the Holocaust and its Legacy. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of the events of the Holocaust, ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated. It also aims to provide a national mark of respect for all victims of Nazi persecution.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Stuart Pickover said: ?I would like to encourage Merton residents to join me in remembering the victims of the Holocaust at Wimbledon Park on Sunday 27 January. National Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance for communities across Britain to join in remembrance of the many millions of innocent people who died during the Second World War and in acts of genocide since then.’

For further information on Holocaust Memorial Day in Merton contact the Mayor?s Office on 020 8545 3517, e-mail mayor@merton.gov.uk