Maybole Holocaust Memorial Day 2006
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A special united service was held at the Greenside, Maybole last Friday, January 27, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The service was organised by Maybole Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, marshaled by David Hunter and led by Rev Dave Whiteman. Fr Stephen McGrattan and Rev David Jones were unable to attend and sent their apologies. Rev Whiteman welcomed everyone saying, “We meet this morning to remember those who lived and died through those terrible days of the Holocaust.

We come today to remember - lest we forget.” After reading from the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1 – 8, he added, “Holocaust Memorial Day is held on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. The word holocaust is taken from the Old Testament and it refers to the complete destruction of something by fire. We come today to remember the attempted complete destruction of the nation of Israel by the Nazis in World War II. Names like Auschwitz, Belsen and Treblenka remind us of the horrors of the death camps and quite rightly we remember them.


But we should also remember that the holocaust was not just against the Jews but it was also against the intellectuals of whichever nation, the disabled and the mentally ill were particular targets, homosexuals, gypsies; in fact anyone who was part of a minority group was seen as a legitimate target. Many people from our nation and indeed from Scotland died in those dark days and we must remember them. Holocaust Memorial Day was established in 2001, it is a national event, hundreds of services are taking place around the country including a service attended by Her Majesty the Queen at St James’ Palace.


Today we remember the holocaust. And today we remember that genocide is still happening.  Millions have died since World War II.  We remember today places like Rwanda, Cambodia, Serbia, the Congo, Iraq and many other counties around the world where genocide has been a reality and we must remember them and go on remembering them - so that these terrible events are not repeated.


And today we renew our commitment to combat racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia wherever we may find it, and to commit ourselves to working for an inclusive, caring and open society.” Pipe Sergeant Kevin McDermott then played the lament and George Taylor laid a wreath on behalf of the Legion. Standard bearers were William Milligan and Robert Malone.