Lanterns displayed at Maffeo Sutton Park at last year’s Hiroshima Day event. (News Bulletin file photo)

Peace ceremony in Nanaimo will be a little different in a pandemic

Hiroshima Day will be observed during the afternoon Aug. 6 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Hiroshima Day in Nanaimo this year won’t involve gathering to float lanterns into the lagoon, as organizers are putting together a more physically distanced program.

The event is Thursday, Aug. 6, from 1-3 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park. There will be music interspersed with a minute of silence every half hour.

There will be lanterns on display at the park, but they won’t be floated in Sway’A’Lana Lagoon this year. People are encouraged to make their own lanterns at home in put it in their windows that night.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is organizing the event, meant to remind people of the first use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

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