What is Memorial Day?
On the 15th January 2009 The European Parliament passed the following resolution:
Remembering Srebrenica holds a national memorial day on 11th July. We invite councils, schools, religious and civic institutions to join us in marking Srebrenica Memorial Day in remembrance of the genocide of 1995.
Why We Remember
The UK is the largest commemorator of the Srebrenica genocide in the world holding more than 1,000 memorial activities annually and educating over 130,000 young pupils on the lessons from Srebrenica.
The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide was due to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral but could not go ahead due to COVID-19, it was instead marked with the UK National Srebrenica Memorial Day Ceremony taking place entirely online, allowing people across the UK and around the world to virtually come together to commemorate this important anniversary.
Over 20,000 people attended the live UK Srebrenica Memorial Day Commemoration in 2020.
Every year, Remembering Srebrenica selects a theme that reflects an aspect of the genocide that must be commemorated, but also speaks to communities here in the UK.
The theme for 2021 is ‘Rebuilding Lives’.
‘Rebuilding Lives’ will honour the two million people who were displaced during the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the 1990s, leaving them to seek refuge all over the world.
Memorial Day Reflections
Commemorations are powerful events that leave a lasting impression on the people who attend them. They offer an opportunity not only to remember the lives lost, but to reflect on the lessons we can learn from these tragedies and to pledge to take action to ensure that we prevent similar atrocities taking place again.
Commemorations are powerful events that leave a lasting impression on the people who attend them.
The Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood is a Minister of the Church of Scotland, and Honorary Chaplain to the Queen. She held the position of Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2013–14, the very highest position in the Church.
Message from the Chairman
Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica, talks about his reasons for establishing the charity and its ongoing work.
I grew up with the harrowing scenes of the war in Bosnia on our television screens – watching neighbour turn against neighbour, friend against friend, ethnicity against ethnicity. I will never forget the Omarska concentration camp, and that ethnic cleansing, systematic mass rape and genocide were all happening in Europe.