Crowds gathered at Bury St Edmunds’ Peace Garden on Wednesday to remember the millions that died in the holocaust.
To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day a service was held in the Abbey Gardens led by Canon Matthew Vernon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Opening the service Canon Vernon said: “We are here today in the peace garden which was opened just last year.
“It is a place to remember and reflect, a place to remember from the past and renew our commitment to building a better world.”
While the Chamber Choir of St James’ Middle School sang a stirring rendition of The Lord’s My Shepherd, pupils from Guildhall Feoffment CP School planted snowdrops in the memorial garden as an act of remembrance for the victims of the holocaust.
Afterwards, Canon Vernon asked the crowds to turn to their neighbour and shake their hand to wish them peace.
Following the service, Mayor of St Edmundsbury Patrick Chung said remembering the events of the holocaust was more important than ever.
“It is important we have a place to remember them, he said. “I think it is important for the younger generation to know about what has happened in the past and to learn from it and to support each other, to not to fight and be at peace with everybody.”