Honouring Peace

Spearheaded by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Canada the Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration celebrates peace.

About this event

On Tuesday, August 9, At 6:00 PM  a special event is planned to commemorate the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear bombs in 1945. This year, the event is at a beautiful new location – the  Gorge Park Pavilion – in Gorge Park

As the world’s immense nuclear arsenal has been made illegal but not yet disarmed 77 years later, this celebration of Japanese culture at the stunning new Gorge Park Pavilion (next to the Japanese Gardens) reminds us of the need to treasure & work for peace.

6:00 PM  Yummy Food Truck and Lantern Making for all ages

7:00 PM Welcome by Elder Bear Sam and MC Dr Jonathan Down followed by entertainment such as the Furusato Dancers, the Uminari Taiko Drummers and the Raging Grannies among others, interspersed with short comments by invited speakers.

8:15 PM  Ceremonial planting by Mayor Barb Desjardins of a sapling grown from a seed of a giant Gingko tree standing at the time of the blast in Hiroshima

8:35 PM Participants invited to set their decorated lanterns afloat at sunset on the reflective pools bordering the pavilion

Bring blankets, chairs and come early enough to decorate your lantern (between 6 PM and 7 PM) and enjoy food from the Yummy Food Truck  or bring your own picnic. Admission is free, but donations to contribute to the cost of the event will be welcome on site. 

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