‘Coventry’s Hiroshima Day Remembrance is a true symbol of peace and reconciliation.' Nagamine Yasumasa, Former Japanese ambassador.
Central England Quakers are preparing for their annual Coventry Hiroshima Remembrance at Coventry Cathedral. Now in its thirty-fifth year, the service will be live-streamed from the nave of Coventry Cathedral on 6 August. The day is to mark the seventy-seventh anniversary since the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima – and Nagasaki three days later – leaving more than 2000,000 dead. David Fish, from Rugby Meeting, who has been involved in the event since it began in 1987, said that it was also the eighty-second anniversary of the bombing of Coventry in world war two.
Former Japanese ambassador Nagamine Yasumasa said: ‘Coventry’s Hiroshima Day Remembrance is a true symbol of peace and reconciliation. I would like to start by extending my deepest respect to all the people involved for organising this service this year under these unprecedented circumstances. It is truly significant that the Hiroshima Day service has been held for more than thirty years.’
Coventry Quaker Jo Hallett (pictured) will lead an origami session making ‘cranes of peace’. There will also be a taiko drumming performance and a free drumming workshop for primary and secondary school children.
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