Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 1945
- WHERE: East picnic shelter at Silver Lake
- WHEN: Thursday, August 6th, 7pm If heavy rain, Sunday, Aug. 9th
- What: Gather to make lanterns. kits and instructions for making lanterns will be provided.
- 7:45pm: Ceremony and lantern floating at sunset
- SPEAKERS: Mayor Ardell Brede & Richard Van Dellen, M.D.
- MUSIC: Campfire II & Omni Drummers, Molly Kiley reading “Thousand Cranes”
As it enters Hiroshima, the Ohta River splits into six fingers. It was to these waters that tens of thousands fled seeking shelter from the flames of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. It is here each August that people gather, as they do in Nagasaki three days later, to float lanterns and to remember: never again.
In Rochester we remember those days to remind ourselves of what we are capable of doing. Nuclear weapons are capable of destroying the worldâ€™s civilization. We are capable of preventing that destruction. We gather to remind ourselves that the choice is ours.