Sunrise Ceremony

peacepagoda hank


Saturday, September 1, 2012, 7AM

19th Anniversary Celebration of Opening of The Grafton Peace Pagoda

17th Commemoration of Hank Hazelton, Peace Pagoda property donor

Buddhist Sacred Ceremony
Interfaith Prayer
Closing Music

We gather this year to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the building of the Peace Pagoda and to commemorate Hank Hazelton’s passing on September 1, 17 years ago.  Hank’s vision of creating a community of people dedicated to creating a more just and peaceful world has brought so many beautiful people together during this prologue to the 20th anniversary.   We are gathering at sunrise, a most sacred time, to honor Hank and all who have been a part of the Grafton Peace Pagoda community over the years.  We will share a potluck breakfast together after the ceremony. If getting here early is difficult you can arrange to spend the night by calling a few days ahead so we can plan.

For more information please call the Peace Pagoda at (518) 658 – 9301
Nipponzan Myohoji – Grafton Peace Pagoda
87 Crandall Road, Petersburg, NY 12138





Hiroshima Ceremony

67th Commemoration Ceremony of Hiroshima-Nagasaki
Grafton Peace Pagoda
Saturday August 11th, 2012

Nuclear Free Future
First Commemoration of Fukushima

“Nuclear power and mankind cannot coexist. We survivors of the atomic bomb have said this all along. And yet, the use of nuclear power was camouflaged as ‘peaceful’ and continued to progress. You never know when there’s going to be a natural disaster. You can never say that there will never be a nuclear accident.”

–Sumiteru Taniguchi is director of the Nagasaki Council of A-Bomb Sufferers

The radiation released from Fukushima is 20-30X that of the bombing of Hiroshima with worldwide consequences for all living things.

6:45pm Walk from Grafton Town Square to Peace Pagoda (4.3 miles)

8:30 Program of Peace

John Armbruster-Seismologist, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Cecile Pineda – Author of Devil’s Tango: How I learned the Fukushima Step by Step

The astonishing anatomy of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

Ceremonial Lighting of Lanterns

Interfaith Peace Prayers Native American Prayers

Eric Marczak  – Native American Flute

Rain or shine.  Please wear weather-appropriate clothes and bring a flashlight and insect repellant.  You may also want a blanket.

For information on the ceremony prior to the event please call Heidi (518) 588-7122

Grafton Peace Pagoda  87 Crandall Road  Petersburg, NY 12138 (518) 658-9301