Published 26 January 2018
The Holocaust Memorial flag is flying at West Dunbartonshire Council’s Garshake Road offices to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.
Provost William Hendrie raised the flag at a ceremony attended by Council officers, elected members, Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie, West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes and Nicola Livingston, Co-President of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.
Also taking part in the ceremony were three pupils from Dumbarton Academy. The first year pupils were the winners of last’ year’s Primary Public Speaking competition, when they were at Knoxland Primary.
Fraser Craig read Anne Frank’s Life Story, Heather McDaid read We Remember Them and Mara McKelvie read the Holocaust Memorial Prayer.
Holocaust Memorial Day is held annually in memory of the millions of people who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day also pays tribute to victims of other acts genocide around the world.
Six million Jewish men, women and children were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust of World War II. The regime also murdered and imprisoned many others − including Romany Gypsies, homosexual and disabled people.
Provost William Hendrie said: “Making sure that we remember and never forget the horrors of the Holocaust is one way that we can all do our part to ensure nothing like that ever happens again. And as we look back, we must also think about how we can all make the world a more inclusive place now and in the future. Sadly, genocide still happens today and we must eradicate it once and for all.
“I was delighted to see so many people attend the event in Dumbarton and I would especially like to thank the three superb speakers from Dumbarton Academy. They are a credit to their school and to West Dunbartonshire.”
Events will be held around the world on January 27 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.