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Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance & potluck 8/6

Kosuke Mori-Kreiner strikes a gong held by Henry Stoever at the 2019 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance--Photo by Jim Hannah

August 6, 2023 6:00 pm

Please join PeaceWorks KC in our annual Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance on Sunday, Aug. 6, at Loose Park pond (near Wornall Rd. and 53rd St.). Vegetarian potluck is at 6 PM (all are invited, whether or not you bring food); the program is at 7. Presenters will include Hiroko Komiya, principal of the Kansas City Japanese School; poet artist Erika Sakata; and Analisa Colom-Todd, who will speak about Japanese flower arranging. The latter two speakers will have products for sale. Hiroko Komiya, raised near Tokyo, will share about her 4th-grade friend whose mother died of leukemia from the Hiroshima bomb radiation 11 years after the attack.

PeaceWorks Board member Breanna Crawford will reflect on the 1945 atrocity of the World War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, accenting their widespread radiation and generations-long impact. Theodore John, leader of the KC Veterans for Peace, will use a peace bell he made, ringing it 11 times to commemorate the World War I armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

If you have questions about this night of potluck, program, and yearning for peace, contact Henry Stoever at 913-206-4088, henrystoever@sbcglobal.net.

Past Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Ceremonies:

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