Whenever we're in town we try to make this hauntingly beautiful, participatory event, which is pictured in this 2007 photo and commemorates the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan (and honoring all war victims). Monday night, August 9th, they'll float the lanterns out on the lagoon, and if you get there early they have materials so you can make your own. Bring your kids!
From the announcement in Isthmus:
Local peace groups are sponsoring an event to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, 65 years ago. Lanterns for Peace will be held at the Tenney Park shelter in Madison on Monday, August 9th, at 7:00 pm. This is a family-friendly event with refreshments, crafts and live music. At dusk we will float decorated paper lanterns in the Tenney Park lagoon. Please join us to remember those who have died by the use of nuclear weapons and to reflect on the vision of a peaceful, nuclear weapons-free world. For more information contact Pam Kleiss at Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin, tel. 608/232-9945, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Lanterns for Peace is sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, and the Madison Area Peace Coalition.
People sometimes miss Lanterns for Peace because they don't know the date, and it sneaks by unnoticed. Now that you know when it'staking place , you owe it to yourself to mark your calendar and check it out. You won't be sorry.