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HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI REMEMBERED

HN Never AgainWednesday, August 9
6:30 PM – 9 PM
Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Rd., Esquimalt, Coast Salish

 The Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network and the Physicians for Global Survival present Victoria’s annual commemoration of the horrors perpetrated by nuclear arms in Hiroshima and Nagasaki  72 years ago.

The Hon. Judith Guichon will be present and introduce special guest speaker RUDI HOENSON, a well-known Nagasaki survivor and local philanthropist, who will read his poem, “Atomic Lament”.

Mere weeks ago, on July 7, 122 countries adopted the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in New York, its goal a total worldwide elimination of  nuclear weapons. It is a profound demonstration of the increasing global discontent with the existence of nuclear weapons.

The Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration is a free family event featuring  lantern – making, all materials supplied, from 6:30-7:00; the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Art Exhibition; performances by the Nikkei Society-Furusato Dancers and the Getting Higher Choir; and culminating with the traditional release of lanterns as a prayer for peace.

For decades, the Victoria Raging Grannies have conducted the Hiroshima Commemoration and shared their irreverent wit and compassionate purpose with thousands. This year, they graciously passed the baton to the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network to carry their cause forward.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jonathan Down

jcdown@shaw.ca

Barbara Pollock

barbaramp60@gmail.com

Monthly Meetings

Wednesday, August 30 from 4:00-5:30 PM, Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria. It is an accessible room, with accessible bathrooms.

All are welcome to attend our group meetings to help us plan for peace, disarmament, nonviolence and social justice. Representatives from the Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Peace Coalition, Peace One Day, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and more! All welcome to join us to create a culture of peace in our city, country and world. For more information about our meetings, please contact vipdn.org@gmail.com