Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

68th Commemorative Ceremony Hiroshima – Nagasaki

Nipponzan Myohoji – Grafton Peace Pagoda
Friday, August 16, 2013
Nuclear Free Future
Second Commemorative of Fukushima

This Hiroshima Day we are celebrating the closing of one nuclear power plant after tireless work by citizen activists for a Nuclear Free Future.  The San Onofre Nuclear power Plant in Southern California was permanently shut down on June 7th this year.  The Ex-Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, who was the MP during the Fukushima meltdown, during his June visit to San Diego, stated, “Experiencing the accident convinced me that the best way to make nuclear power plants safe is not to rely on them, but rather to get rid of them.” And “I concluded that the only way to contain this risk is to create a society that does not rely on nuclear power.”  A society powered by renewable resources is one step closer thanks to those who stand up to Mother Earth. Today we celebrate those who stand strong for sustainable energy and the survival of all beings on the planet.

6:45 PM Peace Walk from Grafton (NY) Town Square to Peace Pagoda (4.3 miles).

8:30 PM Program of Peace:

·         Hattie Nestel – Citizens Awareness Network – Slide & Talk in the Temple Building

“The Big Picture – Nuclear Proliferation, Power Plants, War and Destruction”

·         Ceremonial Lighting of the Lanterns and Walk Around the Peace Pagoda

·         Interfaith Peace Prayer

·         Bruce Gagnon – Global Net – Keep Space For Peace

·         Hiroshima Taiko, Mountain River Taiko

·         Robert & Susan – Gillian’s Island, Songs of Peace

Rain or Shine.  Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a flashlight and insect

repellant.  You may also wish to bring a blanket.