Thursday August 6, 7-9:30 p.m.
Alton Baker Park Small Shelter
Please join us for a community gathering Thursday, August 6, from 7:00-9:30 p.m., commemorating the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at Alton Baker Park's small shelter, located near the park entrance and the duck pond.
The event will start at 7:00 p.m. with a community potluck. People are urged to bring their own plates, cups & utensils.
At 7:45 p.m. the program will begin with the exquisite music of Japanese Koto master Mitsuki Dazai and will be followed by an 8 p.m. welcome from Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. A short Congressional update regarding nuclear weapons abolition by Dan Whelan, Senator Jeff Merkley's Eugene Field Representative, and a call to action by emcee Bob Watada will follow.
The second half of the program features poetry by Misa Joo, Taiko drumming and participatory, Japanese folk dancing led by the Japanese-American Association of Lane County's Obon dancers.
The event will close at 8:45 pm with the hauntingly, beautiful floating of candle lanterns on the duck pond accompanied by Mitsuki Dazai's Koto music. The lantern ceremony is based on an ancient Japanese ritual where paper lanterns are released on rivers to honor the dead and guide their spirits home. The ceremony honors those who died when the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and each lantern is also a symbol of a personal commitment to create peace in this world.
The event is sponsored by CALC's Progressive Responses, the Justice Not War Coalition, Oregon WAND, Eugene PeaceWorks, Beyond War, Pan Asian Community Alliance, the Campaign for a Department of Peace, and the Democratic Party of Lane County's Peace Caucus
For more information, contact Michael Carrigan at 485-1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org