Annual candle float on the Boardman River
Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Candle Float on the Boardman
A little off subject today, but the annual candle float is one of my favorite uses of the Boardman River. Each year on August 6th or 9th, area residents gather at the location of the farmer’s market as part of a global gathering for peace and a nuclear free world. After discussion & announcements, participants float a candle with their wishes down the river. It’s a beautiful gesture that mimics the much larger ceremonies in Japan.
Yesterday marked the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The annual event is hosted by The Neahtawanta Center. Here are a few images from last night’s ceremony, followed by a video plea for a nuclear free world.
A plea to free the world of nuclear weapons. You can upload your own plea at www.millionpleas.com
Full Disclosure: I serve on the board of the The Neahtawanta Center.