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[Some participants known to First Met:  Dr. Jonathan Down is leading; some members of Jack Boomer’s Arbutus Singers, Hanne Fair’s flute, Margaret Krawciw ‘s reading from “Children of A bomb…"]

Spearheaded by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Canada, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration celebrates peace.

A special event to commemorate the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear bombs in 1945. This year, the event is at a beautiful new location! As the world's immense nuclear arsenal has been made illegal, but not yet disarmed 77 years later, this celebration of Japanese culture at the stunning new Gorge Park Pavilion (next to the Japanese Gardens) reminds us of the need to treasure & work for peace.

Admission is free, but donations to contribute to the cost of the event will be welcome on site. You can register Eventbrite. Registration isn't necessary but will allow people to get reminders. 

6:00 pm - Yummy Food Truck and Lantern Making for all ages

7:00 pm Welcome by Elder Bear Sam, followed by entertainment such as the Furusato Dancers, the Uminari Taiko Drummers and the Raging Grannies among others, interspersed by short comments

8:20 pm Ceremonial planting by Esquinalt Mayor Barb Desjardins of a sapling grown from a seed of a giant Gingko tree standing at the time of the blast in Hiroshima

8:35 pm Participants invited to set their decorated lanterns afloat at sunset on the reflective pools bordering the pavilion

Bring blankets, chairs, picnic ( if you wish) and come early enough to decorate your lantern (between 6pm and 7 pm). Order at the Yummy Food Truck is available.