I made something of a pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2003. It had a profound affect on me. Every world leader should have to visit these places (and Auschwitz) as part of their induction.
I will certainly be at at least one of these memorial events detailed below. The photos have been added by me.
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered
Subject: Hiroshima Day, August 6th, and Nagasaki Day, August 9th 2015
This year is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which took place in August 1945. 2015/2016 is also the year when the UK Government will decide whether or not to replace Trident, with all that means for our future.
Accordingly, you are invited to the following two commemorations to mark the events of 70 years ago.
Thursday 6th August 6:30 pm at Tredegar House Lake, Newport
and Sunday 9th August 2pm at Roath Park Lake, Cardiff
Please publicise widely, especially in this 70th Anniversary year of the bombings. Further details below:
You are invited to the Hiroshima commemoration on Thurs. 6 August at 6:30 pm at the Lakeside at Tredegar House in Newport. This is an annual event originally organised by the local (now disbanded) branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West, is the key speaker and one or two others from Newport Interfaith Group and elsewhere also say a few words before strewing flowers people bring onto the Lake.
For the Nagasaki commemoration on Sun. 9th August Cor Cochion Caerdydd and Cardiff CND invite you to meet at 2pm, by the cafe on the lakeside, in Roath Park, Cardiff. We will remember Nagasaki and the human impact of nuclear warfare in poems, readings and song.
To both events, please bring friends, flowers, poems etc.
We hope to see you there.
Ingrid and Marie
Note: WILPF developed out of an International Women’s Congress against WW1 that took place in The Hague in April,1915. The name WILPF was chosen in 1919. Several UK branches are still active a century later, working for social, economic and political equality for all, including the abolition of the war system, total and universal disarmament and the elimination of racism and sexism. See www.ukwilpf.org.uk. Ingrid Wilson 15 Bryngwyn Road Newport NP20 4JS 01633 267367 07976 267367
P.S. I would like to suggest that as well as the things listed in bold above, the more creative among you might consider taking a paper origami crane to float on the lake. To understand why and see how to make one, check out these links:
The Story of the Peace Crane
Instructions for making an origami crane