HIROSHIMA / NAGASAKI PEACE COMMEMORATIONS and LANTERN CEREMONY
The Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition (THDC) is honoured to announce that the City of Toronto has been selected to host the Hiroshima / Nagasaki Photo Exhibit to be held concurrently with 101 cities across the United States. THDC is also very pleased to present Setsuko Thurlow, Member of the Order of Canada and Hibakusha (Hiroshima survivor), who will introduce the atomic bombing exhibition at city hall.
The Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibit features before and after a-bombing photos, details about the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the story of human suffering including the health consequences caused by the devastation of nuclear war. The exhibit also displays emotional drawings and paintings from dozens of Hibakusha survivors with the message, “never again”. The exhibit runs from August 6th -11th, 2008.
Toronto remembers the citizens of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings
August 9th, 2008, Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Featuring keynote Bruce Gagnon, Founder, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Bruce has appeared on the TV program “60 Minutes” and is known as the writer of the “16th Most Censored US Story of the Year” for his 2006 article “US Plans for Hemispheric Integration Includes Canada” on how the weaponization of space will include nuclear warheads.
Reading the Proclamation from the City of Nagasaki will be Joe Ohori (Canadian-born, Hiroshima Survivor).
Speakers to include ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Physicians for Global Survival, and the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative.
Performances to include Japanese drummers, the Raging Grannies, flautist Debbie Danbrook, and the silent story performance of “Sadako”, the young Japanese girl who survived the Hiroshima a-bombing when she was only two-years-old. At eleven, Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia, “the atom bomb” disease. Believing an old Japanese legend that if she made 1000 paper cranes, the gods would make her well, Sadako never gave up hope. She continued to fold paper cranes until the day she died, inspiring her young classmates to build a monument honouring the thousands of children killed by the atom bomb. Erected in 1958, the Hiroshima Peace Park’s children’s memorial of Sadako holding a golden crane reads, “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace to the world.’
The reflecting Lantern Ceremony concludes the evening with hundreds of paper lanterns launched into the pool at Nathan Phillips Square.
For further information, please contact Helen Chilas, National Coordinator with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) via cell at 416-473-8238 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org