Lanterns for Peace with PSR in Madison Aug 7

Event Dates: 
PSR Wisconsin's annual Lanterns for Peace event is set for Sunday, August 7th at Tenney Park. 
*Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin (PSR WI)
Contact: Hannah Mortensen
Address: 720 Hill St. Ste. 200, Madison, WI 53705
Phone: 608-232-9945

Lanterns for Peace - August 7, 2022


Join us for this family friendly event to commemorate the lives lost in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings 77 years ago and make sure that such nuclear attacks never again take place. We remember the past, so that we can envision and work for a peaceful, just and nuclear-free future.

The event will be open to the public to attend at Tenney Park outside of the John Wall Family Pavilion and the entire event will be held outdoors weather & temperature depending. You are welcome to mail in your lantern design by August 2nd to our office if you cannot be in attendance.


  • 6:30pm: Open to public at to create lanterns

  • 7:30pm: Program starts

  • ~7:45-8:00pm: Lanterns launched at dusk

*PSR WI has reused the styrofoam bases, candles and skewer sticks for the lanterns for at least 5 years. PSR WI removes all the materials from the Tenney Park Lagoon and we leave no trace.

Last Year’s 2021 Event Sponsors

  • First Unitarian Society Justice Ministry: Their social and environmental programming has a goal of building a just community. Their members have a significant impact on social justice issues at local, national, and international levels. They work in relationship with our community partners.

  • Interfaith Peace Working Group

  • Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability: They are dedicated to socially progressive change, community partnership, sustainability and ecological justice.

  • Madison Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom: WILPF’s mission is to end and prevent war, ensure that women are represented at all levels in the peace-building process, defend the human rights of women, and promote social, economic and political justice.

  • Nukewatch: Nukewatch brings critical attention to the locations, movements, dangers, and the politics of nuclear weapons and radioactive wastes.

  • Outrider Foundation: Outrider’s goal is to end the threat of nuclear war and reverse the course of global climate change. They use digital media to provide accessible information about how we can build a brighter future together.

  • P.C Foundation

  • Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin: Their mission is to stop the harm that the basing of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field, Madison will inflict. In addition, they work to stop the negligent pollution of our waters and force the clean-up of existing contamination of the water supply emanating from the base.

  • United Nations Association of Dane County: The Dane County Chapter provides community education about the state of our world and critical issues before the United Nations. They support Model UN programs in local high schools and university. Their members strive to positively influence our national legislature and often join with the wider community in supporting peace and justice for all citizens of our world.

  • Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice: WNPJ advances a sustainable world, free from violence and injustice by connecting, engaging, and strengthening member groups and serving as a catalyst for community organizing and education.

  • Veterans for Peace - Chapter 25: Veterans for Peace, Inc. (VFP) is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using their experiences and lifting their voices. They inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.

You can design and decorate your own lantern paper from your home!

There are four easy steps for decorating paper for Lanterns for Peace:

  1. Decorate a letter or legal sized paper with your message of peace, justice and a nuclear weapon free future. Your message can be in words, pictures or designs. Crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, etc are all acceptable. All ages are encouraged to decorate their own! Simply send us your paper(s) and we will affix them to an assembled lantern. View examples of lantern pictures and designs here.


    To save us time, you can make “ready to assemble” lantern paper: Staple, tape or glue together two legal size (8.5 inches x 14 inches) sheets of paper or three letter size (8 inches x 11.5 inches) sheets of paper to form a square with each side measuring 6.5 inches (same size as past lanterns). Write or draw on the sides of your lantern and send it in. View specific instructions for “ready to assemble” lantern paper here.

  2. Take a photo or video on your cell phone of your lantern design and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag “#LanternsForPeace”

  3. Mail your design to our office (720 Hill Street, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53705), or contact Hannah ( to drop the posters off at the office. We will construct your lantern with your artwork. You can fold the lantern paper into normal envelopes. If you are mailing 3 letter sized papers in a standard envelope it will need 1 stamp. If you are sending 6 sheets of papers in a standard envelope it will be $0.70 and need 2 stamps. If you mail in a 10’x13’ orange envelope it is $1.20.

  4. Watch the recording in early August or attend in person on August 7th to watch the launch of your illuminated lanterns and take part in a peace sing-along.

*You will not receive your lantern back. We will try our best to take images of each lantern and we suggest you take a photo of your artwork before mailing it in.