Calgary’s Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony is coming back for it’s fifth year in a row this weekend. Hundreds of lanterns will be released with the intent of spreading hope among Calgarians, this August 5th at 8 pm, by the pool of Olympic Plaza. Everyone is invited to choose peace, remember their loved ones and commemorate those who were affected by the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Starting at 8 pm, there will be a musical presentation which will include a performance by award-winning musician, Anthony Burbidge. The ceremony will run from 8:30 to 9:20 pm, and the program will be also be featuring multicultural children’s choirs, drama performances, and speakers.
The event is sponsored by Ploughshares Calgary Society and 2020 Vision for Humanity. According to 2020 Vision for Humanity’s website, the event will be echoed in some of the 7, 295 cities in 162 different regions and countries around the world, who have joined Mayors for Peace. Mayors for Peaces is a group of mayors, including Mayor Nenshi, who are calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
For a small fee, people will be able to rent their own lanterns, write a message on them and light them and float them in the pool.
Everyone is absolutely more than welcome to join, commemorate their loved ones, and plant a seed of hope into the world.
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