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City to hold events commemorating the atomic bombing of Nagasaki

 

Honolulu—Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Mayor’s Office of Culture of the Arts will sponsor a series of events on Friday, August 9, in memorial of the lives lost and affected by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan 68 years ago. 

 

The following events will take place as part of the memorial:

 

Ceremonial Ringing of the Bell of Nagasaki

 

From 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., an observance commemorating the 68th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and the pursuit of permanent peace and harmony throughout the world will be held at the Bell of Nagasaki, located at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds along Beretania Street near Lauhala Street

 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition – Hawai‘i, Friends of the Gensuikin, Nagasaki Kenjinkai (Association of Descendants of Immigrants from Nagasaki Prefecture), United Nations Association Hawaii Chapter, International Peace Poem Project and the Chamber of Commerce for Persons with disABILITIES- Hawaii will participate in the ceremony. 

 

The Royal Hawaiian Band will perform, followed by speakers, concluding with the ceremonial ringing of The Bell of Nagasaki. 

 

The Bell of Nagasaki is a bronze bell topped with a crane supported by four steel posts that was a gift to City and County of Honolulu from the City of Nagasaki, Japan.  It is a replica of the bell from the tower of Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan.

 

Parking is available in the municipal parking lot as well as on the street

 

Contact: Marsha Joyner at mrjoy@hawaii.rr.com

 

Peace Walk

 

Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Buddhist Temple will commemorate the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan with a candlelit Peace Walk beginning at 6:00 p.m. at 1727 Pali Highway and ending at 8:00 p.m. at the Bell of Nagasaki on the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center.

 

The Peace Walk also honors the 8th anniversary of the courage and determination of 3 Buddhist monks’ 1600-mile pilgrimage to return the atomic flame to Trinity, New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.  Returning the atomic flame to its birthplace by the monks was an effort to close the cycle of nuclear destruction and usher in a new cycle on nuclear disarmament.

 

Those unable to walk the route may attend a short observance at the Bell of Nagasaki starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Contact:  Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Temple at 536-7044

 

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