Wisconsin joins call for no more Hiroshimas


August 6th is the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, an attack that killed nearly 200,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians. An estimated 200,000 additional Hiroshima residents died in the years to follow from cancer caused by the radiation from the bomb. On August 9th, the U.S. bombed the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 100,000 more. Each year, people around the world mark Hiroshima day as a day to remember the horrific effects of the atomic bomb, and to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Four Wisconsin cities - Milwaukee, Lacross, Dodgeville and Madison - will be joining in these solemn remembrances with "Lanterns for Peace" events. Details below... (Photo: Marc Becker.)


Aug. 4 Saturday, 6 pm - Milwaukee: Annual Lanterns for Peace observance of Hiroshima Day, Pere Marquette Park.  Info: www.peaceactionwi.org

Aug. 5 Sunday, 4 pm -  LaCrosse: Remembering Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Cameron Park, across form the People's Co-op. August 2012 marks the 67th anniversary of nuclear weapons use.  All welcome to join in on the event, co-sponsored by WNPJ, LaCrosse Interfaith Justice and Peace Network, Nukewatch, and others. We gather together to remember, and to send our hopes and prayers for PEACE out into the world, for this day and future days. Bring a chair or blanket, and a candle to light from the Hiroshima flame. Contact Gail at vaughn.gail@gmail.com

Aug. 5 Sunday, 6:30 - Dodgeville:
“The Possibilities for Peace”  Annual Lanterns for Peace Event. Governor Dodge State Park, Twin Valley Lake.  This year we honor the work of the late Joel Gaalswyk, who started this event locally in the  mid-1980s. The highlight of the event, at dusk, will be the floating of over 90 hand-colored paper lanterns, linked loosely together as they are pulled slowly out into Twin Valley Lake by a silent canoe.  As the darkness deepens, the long arc of glowing lights illumines the night, symbolizing our hope for a world of peace, free of nuclear weapons.  “The Possibilities for Peace” is the theme of this year’s event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., with lantern making, music, poetry, children’s stories and presentations.   People are invited to bring a dish to share.  A park day pass or sticker is required.  For further information, contact Jane Kavaloski, of the Grassroots Citizens for Peace,  kavaloski@countryspeed.com.

Aug. 6 Monday - Madison: Lanterns for Peace Annual Event - . Tenney Park shelter. All welcome for this event, remembering the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - and floating of lanterns for peace on the Tenney Park lagoon. For information, contact Pam Kleiss, Executive Director of  PSR Wisconsin.
tel. 608/232-9945