From Hiroshima to Hope 2014
For the past 30 years, on August 6th, the group From Hiroshima to Hope sets hundreds of floating illuminated lanterns in Green Lake to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all war victims.
This year, the group anticipates 800 to 1,000 lanterns will gently drift along Green Lake’s surface softly illuminating the lake.
In addition to the lantern lighting ceremony the group also plans to host music from several groups, including Kokon Taiko Drum Group as well as the evening’s main speaker Kathleen Flenniken, a Washington State Poet Laureate, who left her position as a scientist at Hanford to become a poet. The event will also be part of an exhibit called One Thousand Questions with two female Japanese artists Etsuko Ichikawa and Yukiyo Kawano who will explore questions about nuclear war.
Set up and tear down of these fragile lanterns is time intensive so the group is looking for volunteers and funds to help with the cost of the event. Organizers say they need about 45 – 50 volunteers. Their fundraising goal is $2,000.
The event is August 6, 6:30 p.m. on Northwest side of Green Lake, near Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse, 7312 West Green Lake Drive North
For more information, or to volunteer, go to www.FromHiroshimaToHope.org.