Monmouthshire County Council will mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day with an online event open to all residents.  It will take place from 4.30pm to 5pm on Wednesday 27th January with a theme of “Be the Light in the Darkness”.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an international day organised each year by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution, and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The council’s Chepstow and Caldicot Community Hubs have previously hosted similar occasions, but this year restrictions imposed by the current pandemic will prevent attendance by members of the public.

Councillor Sara Jones, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for Social Justice and Community Development said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for us all to reflect and learn from the past to build a better future; it is about promoting equality, respect and understanding and to remember the victims of persecution and murder.  I hope people will pause to pay their respects and log on to our service”.

The event will be streamed live via communication platform Microsoft Teams and residents can follow it by signing up here : join

Towards the end of the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to light a candle and join in a minute’s silence – residents are asked to have a candle ready if they would like to participate.