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Hiroshima Day Peace Walk and Lantern Ceremony
August 6, 2015 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pmFree
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan…
Hiroshima Day vigils have, in some form, been taking place in Kingston since the 1980s. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first time nuclear weapons were turned on a civilian population. Join PeaceQuest and the Hiroshima Day Committee for a familiy-friendly evening of crafts, storytelling and song to both mourn the victims of nuclear weapons and call for a lasting peace.
If you have the time to join us on a meditative Peace Walk before the event. Please join us at City Park (at the corner of Bagot & Barrie St.) at 6:15 for a 6:30 departure towards McBurney park to join the regular events. All faith and non-faith communities are encouraged to join in. Visit the Hiroshima Day Kingston page for more information from the event organizers.
“All over the world, August 6 is the day to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the destruction it caused, and the suffering by the victims and the survivors,” says event organizer Susanne Cliff-Jungling. “Kingston has been part of these commemorations for over 25 years and we want to remind people that we live in a world where there are over 24thousand nuclear weapons, more than a thousand of them ready to launch at a moment’s notice. The recent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, although on a smaller scale than the atomic bomb, is a grim reminder of the consequences of the spread of nuclear radiation.”
In the mean time, you can learn more about Hiroshima and Nagasaki by visiting the NHK Hiroshima Project.
- August 6, 2015
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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