For further information contact: Pam Kleiss, PSR Wisconsin, telephone 608/232-9945
Diane Farsetta, Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, telephone 608/250-9240
Veterans for Peace and Floating Lanterns Mark A-Bomb Anniversary
MADISON - On Tuesday, August 6, the anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons, peace and public health advocates will gather to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The 2013 Lanterns for Peace at Tenney Park in Madison will feature the national leadership of Veterans for Peace, as they kick off their national convention in Madison.
Lanterns for Peace commemorations are organized around the world during the first week of August to remember the devastating humanitarian effects of the nuclear bombs used during World War II. On August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb on the civilian-filled city of Hiroshima, Japan, and dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki two days later. Lanterns for Peace is one of two commemorative events in Wisconsin, with Peace Action Milwaukee hosting an event at Peck Pavilion on August 3rd. The Madison event features a display of photographs and a collection of 7000 origami cranes donated to PSR Wisconsin by the Hiroshima Peace Foundation.
Lanterns for Peace is a family-friendly event with refreshments, crafts and music. We'll have a short program at 7:30 PM featuring the national leadership of Veterans for Peace, Mike Reid and Patrick McCann, as they are in Madison for their national convention titled, "Power to the Peaceful.” The program will be followed by a sing-a-long. At dusk, about 8:40 PM, we'll float illuminated lanterns in the Tenney Park Lagoon. Please join us to remember those who have died in war and to reflect on a peaceful, nuclear weapons-free world.
Lanterns for Peace is hosted annually by Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin and cosponsored by the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, Veterans for Peace – Madison, Pax Christi Madison, United Nations Association of Dane County, and Madison Area Peace Coalition.