Join various events around VT in recognition of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atomic bombs that were dropped in Hiroshima (on August 6th) and Nagasaki (August 9th) in 1945 changed the way that we view the dangers of global conflict forever. Effects of the bombings have lasted for decades, and continue to affect the lives of survivors, their ancestors, and the environment. Despite the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, these events can now serve as a foundation for us to build upon in order to confront our history, and to examine how best to secure a peaceful future.
The events below are supported by many organizations working for peace in VT and beyond, they include: the Peace & Justice Center, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Burlington Branch, Burlington Friends Meeting, Pax Christi Burlington, Campaign Nonviolence VT, Buddhist Peace Action Vermont, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Vermont Action for Peace, and the Grafton .
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3:
2—5:30 pm at King Street Youth Center, 87 King St, Burlington, VT. Peace Education Workshops from 2-3:30 PM for teens and from 3:30-5:00 PM for elementary students. Paper cranes, Sadako story, peace songs, and more. Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Burlington, VT. For more information email [email protected]
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5:
4—6:00 pm, Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VT. Screening and discussion of film “White Light Black Rain.” Features Japanese and American survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sponsored by Burlington Friends Meeting and WILPF Burlington. Participants are encouraged to join the 6 pm march down Church St. For more information email [email protected]
6—8:00 pm, Meet at the top of Church Street near the Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington (152 Pearl St). Songs for Hope: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance. We will sing peace songs and walk down Church St to College St and then to the Waterfront. We will stop to sing and sketch “nuclear chalk silhouettes” on the pavement. We will end at the lakefront beach near the boathouse where we will set candle boats in Lake Champlain (a Japanese tradition called toro nagashi) to commemorate the lives lost. This is a great event for families, as it is outdoors, engaging, and kids are encouraged to sing loudly. Bring an anti-nuclear weapons poster or a peace poster. Find us along the way by looking for our banners and signs and/or listening for singing voices. For more information email [email protected]
MONDAY, AUGUST 6:
8—9:00 am, Corner of Main and South Prospect St. in Burlington, VT. Silent Vigil to remember the victims (hibakusha) of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and call for the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons. For more information email [email protected]
8—9:00 am, Meet at the large roundabout in Manchester Ctr. VT. Silent Vigil hosted by Campaign Nonviolence VT. It is in memory of all the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to promote the abolishing of all nuclear weapons. Contact Glenn at [email protected] for more information.
6:45—8:00 pm, Kellogg Hubbard library, 135 Main St. Montpelier. Hiroshima Day Peace Walk. Please join us for a meditative walk to commemorate collective loss and rededicate our lives to peace. We’ll meet on the Kellogg Hubbard library lawn in Montpelier, continue slowly down State St. to the high School then circle on the lawn to share words and songs toward a peaceful world. We’ll end by sending candle boats down the river with prayers for all living beings. Sponsored by Buddhist Peace Action Vermont, for more info, contact Neville Berle [email protected]
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9:
11 am—Noon, Meet at the top of Church St. (in front of the Unitarian Universalist society) for a Silent Vigil to remember the victims (hibakusha) of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and call for the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons. Hosted by Pax Christi Burlington.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: