BANGOR – The annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration will be held at 2:00pm on August 6th at Peirce Park with a remembrance of those killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki with brief readings at Peirce Park next to the Bangor Public Library. Those who wish will participate in a symbolic “die-in” by lying down to represent those who died on that day while others draw chalk shadows around them. In many cases only shadows remained of those incinerated by the bomb.
The commemoration will be followed by a reading in the Banagor Public Library by Masanobu and Tomoko Ikemya of a Kimishibai (picture card story) “Grandmother’s Doll,” based on the experience of a woman who was five years old when the bomb was dropped. Then Mosanabu will introduce a showing of a Japanese film (with English subtitiles):¬† “RAILROAD OF LOVE: Spanning Australia and Japan” which is the story of an Australian Catholic Priest, Rev. Tony Glynn, who led reconciliation efforts between Australians and Japanese after WW II. Masanobu will lead a discussion after the showing.
The commemoration is being organized by Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine in collaboration with Mosanabu and Tomoko Ikemya and with the co-sponsorship of the Jim Harney Chapter of Veterans for Peace and Pax Christi, Maine. Some of Masanobu’s family members died in Japan in WW II. When he was in Japan recently, he played a concert on a piano that survived the Hiroshima bombing.
The commemoration is free and open to the public.¬† For more information call 942-9343.
Contact Name: Ilze Petersons
Telephone Number: (207)942-9343