This coming Wednesday, August 6, marks the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Two days later, the city of Nagasaki was destroyed by a nuclear weapon. Perhaps 200,000 people were killed outright and many thousands have suffered from the debilitating effects of radiation in the generations that have ensued.
These bombings ushered in the nuclear age tat has held the world in a terrible grip of fear ever since. To commemorate the suffering of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to reaffirm our commitment to world peace, we join citizens in communities around the world in holding a Lanterns for Peace Ceremony.
We begin by making Lanterns for Peace that we will launch in the fountain at Memorial Park. The images on the Lanterns are the product of your imagination. We provide the art supplies. After short speeches on the significance of these terrible events, we launch our Lanterns into the fountain as the sun goes down.
We hope that you can join us. Bring friends, family. Please share this message widely
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Where: Memorial Park, Winnipeg (by the Fountain, see map)
– 7:30 – 9:00 – Lantern and Paper Crane Making (all art supplies are provided)
– 9:00 – 9:30 – Speakers
– 9:30 – Launching of the Lanterns in the Memorial Park Fountain
Sponsors: Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, Project Peacemakers, Peace Alliance Winnipeg
To see video of previous ceremonies, go to https://www.youtube.com/