Winnipeg, August 9, 2023 — Winnipeggers held a Lanterns for Peace Ceremony to mark the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These ceremonies are conducted each year to help keep alive the memory of these attacks so that current generations understand we must never allow nuclear weapons to be used again.
This year, our focus is on the need for Canada to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by the UN July 7, 2017. Winnipeg is now one of 19 Canadian cities to support the treaty. Thus far, 92 countries have signed the treaty; Canada’s federal government refuses to support it.
Winnipeg Lanterns for Peace 2023 was sponsored by Peace Alliance Winnipeg, the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)