Toronto marks Hiroshima Day

  • August 25, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - It’s been 25 years since Pope John Paul II lit the eternal flame in Toronto’s Peace Garden, and every year the city’s Hiroshima Day Coalition magnifies that flame of hope and memory with an Aug. 6 commemoration of the first atom bomb used in war.

This year’s ceremony featured a Japanese lantern ceremony, which floated dozens of paper lanterns — each containing a single tea light lit from the eternal flame — across the water of the reflecting pool at Nathan Phillips Square.

The annual protest for peace and nuclear disarmament still matters because we still have thousands of nuclear weapons, said Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre special ambassador Sid Ikeda.

“Nuclear weapons are a disaster,” said Ikeda. “That’s what the peace garden is all about.”

Hundreds showed up for the annual event again this year.

“We have dedicated, caring people in Toronto,” said Ikeda.

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