SCHOOLCHILDREN shared a moment of memory today when they took part in a moving Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.
Pupils from St James, Middle School and Guildhall Feoffment Primary School took part in the ceremony at which several poems reflecting on remembrance, compassion and unity were read.
Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Ian Houlder read a poem by John Johansen-Berg about a Hutu’s caring for her own children and children of a Tutsi woman which spoke of “no hate, no bitterness, no labels” - living together as Rwandans.
The seven statements of commitment were read out and the Prayer of St Francis was sung by the Chamber Choir of St James’s Middle School.
The ceremony has been staged each year since 2000 in order to ensure that the Nazi atrocoties and more recent crimes against humanity are not forgotten.
The ceremony ended with children from Guildhall Feoffment Primary School planting snowdrops in nearby flower beds.