Today we begin our season of peace

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Cold War, Exhibitions, Public Programs

Papercraneposter_1Yesterday marked a somber anniversary. Sixty-eight years ago today, on August 6, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, the second detonated on Nagasaki, Japan. This event often marks the end of the Second World War, and in many minds it is also the beginning of the Cold War.

Today we begin our season of peace. For the next four months, the Diefenbunker will host three events on the theme of peace.

From August 6-10, we will be making Paper Cranes for Peace, honoring the story of the 1,000 paper cranes. The purpose of this event is to discuss what we can learn about peace by looking to the past.

The 1,000 paper cranes will join contributed pieces from local artists in an exhibition entitled Building Peace, which will launch on September 14, 2013, just ahead of International Peace Day. The exhibition, in partnership with One World Dialogue will ask the question: How do we build and create a ‘culture of peace’ as we move into the future? It will focus on the steps we take in the present to discuss, reflect and create peace.

The final event is our Remembrance Day ceremony in November, which will focus on the act of remembrance as a means to let the events of the past inform our future.

With these three events, and corresponding programs for youth and families, we will look at peace from three perspectives: past, present, and future. We invite our community – local, national and international – to join us in reflecting on the concept of peace: what it means, how we can create it, and the role it plays in our lives.

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