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The Peace Ribbon 2020

“What I cannot bear to think of as lost forever:
75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki”

“One of the deepest longings of the human heart
is for security, peace and stability. The possession of nuclear
and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to this desire.”
~ Pope Francis, Nagasaki Hypocentre Park, November 2019


To participate in the project and make a peace ribbon panel, click here.

For peacemakers around the globe, the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a call to recommit ourselves to advocate for a world free of the threat and tyranny of nuclear weapons. On this solemn anniversary, Pax Christi USA and a coalition of partner organizations are raising awareness of the imminent threat of nuclear weapons in our world today and reflecting on what befalls us if nuclear weapons were to ever rain down on the Earth again. This project, the Peace Ribbon 2020 aims to spur the imagination of all that would be lost if we succumb again to the use of a nuclear weapon.

We stand with the hibakusha whose very presence is a witness to the road we must never again take. We honor them and the memory of all who lost their lives 75 years ago and in the aftermath whenever we raise our voices to say “No! Never again!”

We undertake this project as our contribution to the ongoing effort begun by Justine Merritt and carried forth by The Ribbon International, a nongovernmental organization at the UN that seeks to keep alive Justine’s vision to protect life and achieve a world without nuclear weapons.

This website is our way to encourage you to join us by making a ribbon panel — either by cloth or on poster board — sewing, painting, drawing or writing to capture “what I cannot bear to think of as lost forever in a nuclear war.” Despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed upon us, we can display our ribbon panels in our windows, on porch railings, at our community centers or places of worship as a way of commemorating this 75th anniversary and pledging to work for a world that will never know such destruction again. You’ll find resources here on the website and we encourage you to take photos and share with us and the world over social media what you have done.