The Corvallis branch of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) and Veterans For Peace Linus Pauling Chapter will host a commemoration to memorialize those lost in the 1945 attacks on innocent civilians by the United States and to suggest actions to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide:
Thursday, August 5, 7:00pm: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration
1st & Madison; Riverfront Park, Corvallis
We will remember the August, 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and renew our pledge to promote peace and end war. Commemoration events include traditional Japanese music, paper crane making, and the symbolic lighting of candles. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all present are invited to walk the short distance to the Van Buren Bridge to watch as boats travel down river carrying lanterns for peace and for the remembrance of all those who lost lives in the bombings.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/425505555445257
7:00 Traditional Japanese koto music by Masumi Timson *Please respect social distancing
Paper crane folding, Informational panels, and the Shadow Project
7:20 Land Acknowledgement and Indigenous Blessing
7:28 Welcome, Leah Bolger
7:30 Remarks and the reading of the Mayor’s Proclamation, Mayor Biff Traber
7:35 Honoring the Hibakusha, June Ikuko Terasaka Moore, Ann Mbacke, Laurie Childers
7:50 The International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Adrian Monty
7:55 Poem, “August 6th,” by Janice Mirikitani, read by Patricia Hoover
8:00 Community Affirmation led by Rev Matt Gordon, First Christian Church
8:05 Gathering of Candles
8:12 Walking procession to Van Buren Street Bridge to view the lantern-lit floating procession
*The floating procession is intended to be a solemn experience. Please refrain from clapping or whistling as the procession passes under the bridge.
The short URL for this VFP page is: http://tinyurl.com/2021NeverAgain
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