Scheduled Peace Ribbon Events for 2020:
In participating in any of the events listed below, Pax Christi USA recommends that you refer to and abide by any of the local orders put into place to keep people safe during the pandemic. Basic observance of safety procedures and precautions are highly recommended to respect the dignity and well-being of others involved.
To add your event to the schedule, please send your information to Dianna Ortiz at email@example.com.
For a list of virtual events and webinars, click here.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020
- A Fast for Peace: Commemorating the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since 1984, a small group of peace campaigners from France, Germany and the United States have fasted from August 6 until August 9 to call for the global abolition of nuclear abolition. Join the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley in a three day fast to affirm your commitment to nonviolence, peace, justice and to move forward the elimination of nuclear weapons and war as a tool of foreign policy. For more information contact Sudarshan Kapoor at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bernadette Vazquez at email@example.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
- The Monterey Peace and Justice Center, CA, will host a Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Candlelight Vigil, beginning on August 6 and ending September 21, the International Day of Peace. LED candles will be distributed to the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas community, free of charge. All are asked to place them in a street-facing window to honor victims of the bombings. Try to keep the lit candle through September 21. For more information contact Catherine Crockett at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (831) 899-7322.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020
- On August 6, an all-day global virtual event, #StillHere: 75 Years of Shared Nuclear Legacy, will be held to shine a spotlight on events worldwide, highlight stories of hibakusha to amplify the voices of activists, experts and others working for a world free of nuclear threat. The virtual event will feature live and pre-recorded segments. Learn more: https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events.
- On August 9, an all-day global virtual event, #StillHere: 75 Years of Shared Nuclear Legacy, will be held to shine a spotlight on events worldwide, highlight stories of hibakusha to amplify the voices of activists, experts and others working for a world free of nuclear threat. The virtual event will feature live and pre-recorded segments. Learn more: https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1
- The Ribbon International, NY, will host a global online event, the 75th Anniversary of the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 1, at 10:00am (EDT). The virtual commemoration aims to share messages of peace with audiences from different cities. Join the Zoom gathering. For more information contact Mari at August5MP@gmail.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2
- August 2, 11:30am (EDT): Members of the Pax Christi – St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, Silver Spring, MD, will vigil outside after the 11:30am Mass. Participants will wear masks and engage in social distancing. Each person will hold a homemade Peace Ribbon panel showing, “What I cannot bear to think of as lost forever in a nuclear war!” For more information contact Ronnie Fellerath-Lowell at email@example.com or (301)-890-1686
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5
- August 5, 7:00pm (EDT): All Souls Unitarian Church and the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee (1500 Harvard Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) will hold its annual Candlelight Vigil. The vigil will start at 7:00pm sharp and candles will be lit at 7:15pm––the exact time of the detonation in Hiroshima. Please remember to wear masks and practice social distancing. For more information contact Mel Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 – HIROSHIMA DAY
- August 6, 6:45 – 8:00am (EDT): The Catholic Worker Community is holding a Vigil of Repentance at the Pentagon to mark the 75th Anniversary of the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. Please gather at Army Navy Blvd. & EADS St., Washington, D.C. Bring a prayer or reflection to share. For more information contact email@example.com or (202) 882-9649.
- August 6, 7:00 – 8:00am (MDT): The Nuclear Resister is organizing a 75th Anniversary Remembrance Vigil: Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Never Again. The vigil will be held at the Hermans Road Entrance Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ. For more information contact Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 323-8697.
- August 6, 7:30 – 8:30am (CDT): The Ceremony of the Cranes: Hiroshima Commemoration will be held at Lyndale Park Peace Garden, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, MN. The event will include the story of Sadako and the 1,000 Paper Cranes, music and the ringing of bells by the Veterans for Peace. For more information contact Karen Levad at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 6, 10:00am – 1:00pm (EDT): The Lest We Forget Peace Vigil will be held at the Kings Bay Trident Submarine Base, 1063 USS Tennessee Avenue, St. Marys, Georgia. Meet at the Stimson Main Gate. For more information contact email@example.com, Nuclear Watch South at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 6, 10:58am (CDT): The Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace is holding a Japanese Bell Tolling at the State Capitol. The ringing of the bell (75 times) will start at 10:58am (CST). Churches and concerned citizens are invited to toll bells at that time when the bomb exploded over Nagasaki.
- On August 6 from 3:00 – 5:30pm (EST), The People’s Music Network (PMN) will present an International Concert to Ban Nuclear Weapons Now. Tune into the Live Broadcast via PMN’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/. For more information contact Luci Murphy at email@example.com and Storm at firstname.lastname@example.org. Invite your family and friends to join this online musical event for progressive culture. Share this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/705207820041966.
- August 6, 4:30pm (EDT): The Vigil in Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville, NC. All are invited to join in the event and to bring a sign. For more information contact Terry Clark, MD at email@example.com.
- August 6, 6:00pm (PT): Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is hosting an online event on August 6, 75 Years Later Is Now: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & Ending the Nuclear Threat, to will honor the lives of those lost to nuclear weapons and to explore how together, the global community can create a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons. For more information contact Sean Tenney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 6, 5:00 – 6:30pm (EDT): The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Nonviolence Center and other partnering organizations will hold its 36th Annual Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration, at 33rd Street & North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. Attendees will gather adjacent to Johns Hopkins University, the #1 nuclear weapons contractor among educational institutions. Bring signs, banners, peace ribbons and other artwork to condemn research being done on nuclear weapons and call for the ratification of the UN Ban Treaty. For more information contact Max Obuszewski at email@example.com or (410) 323-1607.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
- August 8, Noon to 1:00pm (EDT): Pax Christi USA and the Peace Ribbon Coalition invite you to join The Peace Ribbon Vision Continues as we virtually commemorate Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days and express our enduring, tangible hope for a nuclear-free future. View Ribbon segments from around the world, and bring your own! Come and share “what you cannot bear to think of lost forever in a nuclear war.” To join go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81894855654 (Meeting ID 818 9485 5654). The gathering will also be live-streamed on the Peace Ribbon Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThePeaceRibbon/live/. Download the program at this link. For more information contact Sister Dianna at firstname.lastname@example.org – (202) 604-4478 or Andrea email@example.com – (240) 409-7176.
- August 8, 6:00 – 7:30pm (PT): A Liturgy of Memory and Repentance for Hiroshima, Nagasaki & 75 years of the Nuclear Age. The US bishops have called for Catholics, and all those of goodwill, to come together in solidarity in our personal prayers and Masses on the solemn anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Please join Pax Christi Northern California for a vigil Mass celebrated by Fr. Jack Lau, OMI. After the Eucharist, we will observe a moment of universal silence and bell-ringing at 7:02pm (the exact time in Japan when the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki). The liturgy will conclude with the testimony of one atomic bomb survivor, Takashi Tanemori, author of Hiroshima: Bridge to Forgiveness, and a time for interfaith/ecumenical reflection. Our second annual liturgy of memory and repentance will be recorded at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oakland, and participants around the world are invited to watch the livestream at https://paxchristinorcal.org/liturgy-memory-repentance. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pierre Thompson at (510) 309-7218.
- August 8, 7:00pm (CDT): A Nagasaki Commemoration will be held at the Global Harmony Labyrinth, Como Park, St. Paul, MN. The program will consist of a reflection “On That Summer Day,”music by Greg Herriges and read messages from friends in Nagasaki. Caren Stelson will also share her story of Sachiko Yasui’s grandmother’s bowl, as told in her new children’s book, A Bowl Full of Peace. The Ribbon Minnesota will be there as a silent, prayerful presence and will display their Peace Ribbons. For more information contact: Karen Levad at email@example.com.
- August 8, 9:45pm (EDT): The Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee, All Souls Church and the Book Arts Gallery will be hosting an in-person Candlelight Vigil to remember the atrocities of Nagasaki. A moment of silence is scheduled around 10:02pm, followed with reflections. The vigil will be held at Liberty Plaza (17th and G Street NW, Washington, D.C., directly behind the CFPB Building across from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building). Bring candles, peace ribbons and signs. For more information contact Melvin Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 – NAGASAKI DAY
- August 9, 8:00 – 9:00am (EDT): The Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice is organizing a Hiroshima Day Vigil. The vigil will be held on the sidewalk around Park Square, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA. At 8:15am all will pause for five minutes of silence—the time the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima. For more information contact email@example.com.
- August 9, at 9:00 am (PT): Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is holding a Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Never Again Nonviolence Training and Discernment in preparation for a vigil and nonviolent action on Monday morning, August 10, beginning at 6:00am at the nearby Trident Base Entrance Gate (Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor), Poulsbo, WA. For more information contact Michael (Firefly) Siptroth at firstname.lastname@example.org & Mack Johnson at email@example.com or (360) 930-8697.
- August 9, 10:00 am (CDT): A Meditation for Peace will be held at the Global Harmony Labyrinth, Como Park, St. Paul, MN. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Masks and social distancing will be required. The Ribbon Minnesota will be on display. For more information contact Karen Levad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 9, 12:30 – 2:30pm (EDT): Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration: Caravan and Gathering will be held in Baltimore, MD. Those interested are invited to gather outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse. Those driving, please meet at 29th Street on the south end of Wyman, Park. For more information contact Max Obuszewski at email@example.com or (404) 378-4263.
- August 9, 2:30pm (CDT): Pax Christi Metro New York will be hosting a webinar, Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial. Register in advance for this webinar. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 9, 6:45 pm – 8:30pm (EDT): Candles on the Waters Vigil will be held at the Riverfront Park, 200 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA. The vigil will include time for music, liturgical dance, prayer and readings, Proclamations from the Mayor and Governor and the launching of candle boats into the Susquehanna River at sunset. For more information contact Ann Marie Judson at email@example.com.
- August 9, 7:00pm (EDT): Join members of Pax Christi Rhode Island as they commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With communities around the world, they will seek forgiveness for unleashing destruction on humanity and for continuing to make, store and threaten to use nuclear weapons again. The hour-long Prayer Service for Remembrance and Repentance will include history, prayers, scripture readings, poetry, testimonies, live music and silence to mourn the victims. Participants are asked to have a candle ready to light. To participate in the prayer service click here (Zoom meeting ID: 879 7581 4642 – Passcode: 484019). For more information contact Madeline Labriola at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to obtain a hardcopy of the Prayer Service for Remembrance and Repentance.
- August 9, 7:30 – 8:45pm (EDT): A Silent Vigil: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held at the Watertown Square at Spring Street, Watertown, MA. The vigil will also include music, testimonials and the launching of candle boats (8:30pm). For more information contact email@example.com or (617) 354-2169.