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Lantern ceremony in Nanaimo planned to signal eternal hope for world peace

Hiroshima Day ceremony planned for Aug. 6 at Sway’ A’ Lana Lagoon
Nanaimo residents are encouraged to help remember the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 at the annual Lanterns for Peace ceremony at Sway’ A’ Lana Lagoon on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Submitted photo)

Residents are encouraged to join a local peace group on Nanaimo’s waterfront in commemorating the anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb.

Nanaimo’s 22nd annual Lanterns for Peace ceremony will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6, at Sway’ A’ Lana Lagoon to remember the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

The evening will start with peace songs by Janette Briere at 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. the ceremony will begin with Margaret Sutton playing the Japanese shakuhachi flute which will be followed by a reading of Mayor Leonard Krog’s proclamation for Hiroshima Day in Nanaimo and harp music by Eleanor Sinclair.

Tami Hirasawa from the Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Society, MP Lisa Marie Barron, MLA Sheila Malcolmson and Brad Langerud from the Freedom From War Coalition will share brief messages before 35 lanterns are launched on the lagoon at 9:30 p.m..

The ceremony is organized once again by the Nanaimo chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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