By Carmel Hayes
A POIGNANT planting ceremony was held in Mountrath yesterday, to remember children who died in the Holocaust.
The yellow crocus bulbs, planted by students at Mountrath Community School (MCS), will be a beautiful living memorial when the flowers bloom in January.
First year students at the school took part in the international Crocus Project, which is organised in Ireland by the Holocaust Education Trust, Dublin.
The Trust provides yellow crocus bulbs for students to plant, in memory of the estimated 1.5 million Jewish children who perished.
The yellow flowers recall the Stars of David that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi rule. The crocus blooms at the end of January, around the time of International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.
The aim of the project is that, when people admire the flowers, students can explain what they represent and recall the children who died.
MCS student Chloe Beere said planting bulbs that would grow and bloom was a really good way to remember all those who died in the horror of the Holocaust, while classmate Tony McInerney said the innocent victims should never be forgotten.
Student Jason Moore commented that, when the bulbs bloom in flower beds outside the entrance to the school, it will be a good time to tell others about the project.
He added: “It was so easy to plant the bulbs. Now we hopefully look forward to seeing them grow and blossom in January.”
See more photos from the Mountrath ceremony in an upcoming edition of the Laois Nationalist