The 2011 Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration events in Minneapolis and St. Paul will feature teenagers from Minnesota and Nagasaki as well as new music and dance. The intergenerational KAIROS dance troupe will perform to Greg Herriges’ guitar piece inspired by the Peace Garden at Lyndale Park in Minneapolis on Saturday, August 6, at 7:30 a.m. The victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake will also be remembered. All events are free and open to the public.
A formal tea ceremony at Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 5, begins the commemoration weekend. Preceded by music of the Arden Consort, this ritual occurs at the same time as commemoration events in Hiroshima. The Yukimakai Tea Study group performs the ceremony.
Quincy Powe, a student at Southwest High School, will speak at the Ceremony of the Cranes at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 6, at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden. Powe was the first recipient of the Kawase Fellowship and visited Hiroshima in August 2010. The grandmother-granddaughter duo of Elaine Wynne and Renee Weeks-Wynne will tell the Sadako story. Greg Herriges will provide music, including his guitar solo entitled The Peace Garden, to which the intergenerational troupe KAIROS will dance on the Peace Bridge.
Women in Black of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom will lead a procession along the Pathway to Peace beginning at the first cairn at 40th and Bryant Avenue South at 10:15 a.m., ending at the Spirit of Peace sculpture in the Lyndale Park Peace Garden. Their theme is “Living in a Nuclear Free World.” Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, will lead the Ceremony of 11 Bells at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden at 11 a.m. This brief ceremony at the Spirit of Peace sculpture at the Peace Garden reminds us that war cannot end war.
On the evening of Monday, August 8, at 7 p.m. at the Global Harmony Labyrinth in Como Park in St. Paul, two teens from Nagasaki, Eito Fukuda and Syotaro Yamada will bring greetings from Tomihisa Taue, the Mayor of Nagasaki, and express their own hopes for world peace. Jay Kvale, the keynote speaker, will present a thoughtful look at the hope for nuclear disarmament.. Elizabeth Simmer, past president of the St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee, will read the book On That Summer Day, about August 9, 1945, in Nagasaki. Guests will be invited to walk the labyrinth at the close of the ceremony.
The Minneapolis St. Paul Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee (MSPHNCC) and the St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) are pleased to sponsor these events. The MSPHNCC has offered these events for more than twenty-five years to encourage reflection on the past and hope for the future through action in the present. It calls for the total abolition of nuclear weapons throughout the world as one measure of ensuring a just and lasting peace.