Citizens of Hamilton are invited to a Hiroshima-Nagasaki remembrance ceremony to be held in Council Chambers at Hamilton City Hall, at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 9, 2012.
The ceremony is being held on Nagasaki Day (Aug 9), which is the anniversary and day of remembrance for the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, the second nuclear attack on a civilian population. The theme of the event will include remembering the horrific results and aftermath of the use of nuclear weapons at the end of World War II, but also a call for vigilance and a message of hope for the future.
The programme will include a musical presentation, a display of traditional Japanese calligraphy, a community affirmation against nuclear arms, the traditional Pledge of Nagasaki, and a presentation titled “Never Again: How do we build a belief in a culture of peace?” by guest speaker Dr. Richard Preston.
Preston, professor emeritus of anthropology at McMaster University, is the 2010 recipient of the World Citizenship Award, presented by the Hamilton Mundialization Committee on behalf of city council to Hamilton citizens who have made significant contributions toward peace through either local or global work.
The annual event, originally organized by Project Ploughshares, is now also co-organized or supported by many local peace organizations, including the Hamilton Mundialization Committee; Culture of Peace Hamilton; Gandhi Peace Festival; International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Mayors for Peace; Physicians for Global Survival; Centre for Peace Studies (McMaster University); Amnesty International; United Nations Association; Interfaith Council for Refugees and Human Rights; Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Hamilton Voice of Women; Burlington Association for Nuclear Disarmament; and Children’s International Learning Centre.
For more information, please contact
Khursheed Ahmed (with the Gandhi Peace Festival)
Ray Cunningon (with Culture of Peace Hamilton)
Jeff Bonner (with Hamilton Mundialization Committee)