Memorial services are taking place across the UK to commemorate the lives of the millions killed in the Holocaust and other genocide atrocities.

Online vigils are being held in lieu of in-person events, with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust holding a UK-wide event from 7-8 pm on its website.

People are encouraged to pay their respects by uniting in lighting a candle and bringing it to a window, where it is safe to do so, after the ceremony finishes at 8pm.

By sharing a photo captioned with #HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness at 8:05pm, this year’s theme for the ceremony will be highlighted.

‘Be the light in the darkness’ is a sentiment explained on the trust’s website:
“It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

“Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD.”

This central event runs alongside numerous localised events across the UK, with Brighton’s Latest TV broadcasting a special one-hour programme at 2pm and 6pm, available on its website.

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