The City of Nanaimo will hold a memorial for the lives lost in the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The Lanterns for Peace Ceremony is set for 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Sway’ A’ Lana lagoon in Maffeo Sutton Park, with a lantern ceremony featuring the Japanese flute (shakuhachi) and harp, according to a press release.
The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 and, together with a bombing of Nagasaki three days later, led to the deaths of over 200,000 people.
The Nanaimo event is open to people of all ages and everyone will be invited to help launch the lanterns at the ceremony at 9:30 p.m. The event is organized by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Nanaimo chapter.
Nanaimo council declared the city a ‘nuclear-free zone’ when it voted to prohibit the manufacturing and storage of nuclear weapons within city limits in 1987.