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25th Peace lantern ceremony



For the 25th year in a row, lanterns were decorated and lit to be released on Silver Lake in memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is also an effort to emphasize peace.

Organizer Junko Maruta says, "I'd like to remember all the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and share the pain of the victims with other people"

The idea is to create a lantern and decorate it in any fashion using what inspires you.

The lanterns were released onto Silver Lake as a symbol of the tens of thousands who fled to seek shelter after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945.

Maruta says, "We have a tendency to repeat the wars and the unfortunate things."

While it may be awhile before everyone in attendance understand the impact of the events, they were still enjoying the atmosphere.

Abby Edge, 5, says, "I'm going to put it in the water and watch it float away."

This gathering is a way for people to remember that as humans we're capable of great destruction.

Each person has their own reasons why they join in.

Carter Martin says, "There's something really liberating and freeing about being able to remember."

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