On Friday 25th of January, Sir David joined local leaders to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. A tree of remembrance was planted to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust Memorial Day tree was planted in Shoeburyness by Maplin Way North. Sir David was joined by fellow Southend MP James Duddrige, Mayor Derek Jarvis and local Rabbi Warren Elf. The special ceremony formed part of a series of events held across the borough to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The annual day of remembrance is held on 27th January, to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Reflecting upon Holocaust Memorial Day, Sir David said, “I was honoured to commemorate and pay tribute to all of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. This is a time of remembrance, but it is also a time for reflection. We must never allow the hatred that led to the horrors of the Holocaust pervade our society again”.