The Sparta Quakers held a Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial lantern floating ceremony on Saturday, August 6, on Pinafore Lake (Pinafore Park, St. Thomas) at dusk. This ceremony is in remembrance of the lives lost both on August 6, 1945 when an atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima and on August 9, when an atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki. 140,000 lives were lost as a result.

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Memorial Lantern Floating in Pinafore Park starts at dusk. Sharon Koivu shares a little of the history and the significance if the event. For more information, contact the Quakers in Sparta, who help run the event each year.

Posted by Establish Media on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

 

This ceremony has been held annually in Pinafore Park since 1984 when the Doomsday Clock was set at 3 mins to midnight during the Cold War to help remind our community of the devastation and pain that nuclear weapons cause.

In January of 2018 the Doomsday Clock was set to 2 mins to midnight and has remained there in 2019 due to the twin threats of nuclear weapons and climate change.

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Sharon Koivu sharing the history and significance of the event with participants.

This peaceful ceremony gave attendees a moment to reflect on how lives, like these lanterns crafted each year with love, are fragile and take only a slight twist of fate, like a gust of wind, to be extinguished. It’s hard to explain the emotional impact of this event merely with words and pictures, so I highly encourage anyone that is able to participate next year to do so.

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