Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: Free event. All are welcome.
Location: Lovers Point Beach Cove, Ocean View Blvd., at 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA
About the Event:
The public is invited to gather at Lovers Point Cove in Pacific Grove on Saturday, August 3rd to mark the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan by the United States during World War II. This beautiful and moving tradition remembers and honors those who suffered the bombings in 1945 and reaffirms our commitment to anuclear-free world so that such a tragedy is never repeated.
The event is organized each year by the Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC) to observe the anniversary of theatomic bombs detonated over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. Theevent starts at 7 p.m. with lantern making and traditional Taiko drumming by Shinsho Mugen Daiko. At 7:45 p.m., poetry, readings, and personal accounts of the impact of the bombings will be presented by Dr. Chris Hasegawa, Elaine Gehrmann, and Joyce Vandevere. The lanterns will be launched at 8:15 p.m. to shakuhachi flute music performed by Jim Scott-Behrends.
At the United Nations on July 7, 2017, 122 countries signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a legally binding treaty that prohibits, among other things, the possession, development, testing, use, or threat of use, of nuclear weapons. The United States is among the five officially recognized nuclear-armed state parties, (United States, Russia, Britain, France and China), that refused to sign the treaty. With roughly 14,000 nuclear warheads in existence worldwide, their use, either intentional or accidental, represents an overwhelming threat to humanity and the natural environment. The Peace Coalition of Monterey County continues to ask U.S. citizens to call on the United States Federal Government to sign the treaty.
7:00 pm: Lantern making and performance of Monterey’s Taiko Drumming group, Shinsho-Mugen Daiko.
7:45 pm: Music, poetry, and messages of hope and peace. Chris Hasegawa, Joyce Vandevere, and Elaine Gehrmannwill speak.
8:15 pm: Launching of the peace lanterns. Tai-Chi Master Jim Scott-Behrends will play meditative strains of shakuhachiflute.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/731544220615625/
Monterey Peace and Justice Center (MPJC)
Monterey Peninsula Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Peace Coalition ofMonterey County (PCMC)
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 46
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Monterey County Branch
About MPJC: The Mission of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center is to Inspire and Mobilize the people of MontereyCounty to Cultivate Peace, Social Justice, Nonviolence, Democracy, and Environmental Sustainability in our Community and the World through Education and Advocacy.
About Monterey Peninsula Religious Society of Friends (Quakers): Friends, commonly called Quakers, have no creed,no outward sacraments or symbols, no human leader, and no prearranged program. Instead, each believer is encouraged to take seriously the personal disciplines associated with spiritual growth. Out of lives of reflection, prayer, faithfulness, andservice flow the statements of belief, both in word and in deed. The Friends meet weekly on Sunday’s, 10 am at the Carl Cherry Center Fourth & Guadalupe, Carmel, CA 93921
Email: Judy Karas, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC): Founded in 1991 to “promote non violent resolutions in worldconflicts and policies that will create a more peaceful world.”
About Veterans For Peace (VFP): VFP is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective effortsfocus on building a culture of peace by using their experiences and voices to inform the public of the true causes of war andthe enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.
About Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Monterey County Branch: A worldwideorganization established in 1915. The Monterey County Branch shares WILPF’s
commitment to justice, non-violence, equality and true democracy. WILPF is a community of support, inquiry and spiritedactivism, exercising our freedoms, rights and responsibilities as we work together for a just and peaceful world.