The 27th of January 2011 was marked as Holocaust Memorial Day in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Various communities who have suffered or been persecuted as part of the Holocausts congregated by the Memorial Tree in front of the D-Day Museum to commemorate the day with prayers, readings and declarations.
The memorial service was led by the Lord mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Paula Riches and conducted by the Archdeacon Trevor Reader.
Portsmouth African Oasis (PAO) was represented by Annie Kanyendo who read a prayer on behalf of the Rwandan community. In her company was Alfred Lakudzala. On the invitation of the Lord mayor both the PAO representatives planted a daffodil bulb of remembrance beside the Tree.
“Holocaust Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to find out more about what happened in Nazi Germany, Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur; to look at why it happened; and to think about what we all need to do to make sure it never happens again,” echoed the messages.
The end of the day’s events was marked by an invitation by the Mayor to a cup of tea and biscuits inside the Southsea Castle.