TRAVERSE CITY — The Neahtawanta Research and Education Center will hold its annual Hiroshima Candle Float ceremony tonight on the Boardman River to honor victims of war and violence.
The first Hiroshima Candle Float occurred on the Boardman roughly 30 years ago, at a time when many viewed the threat of atomic war as an immediate danger. The memorial event originally served as a reminder of the atomic bombings in Japan at the end of World War II — Hiroshima was bombed Aug. 6, 1945, and Nagasaki three days later.
Since its inception the Hiroshima Candle Float has evolved to promote peace and to honor all victims of war and violence, Neahtawanta Center co-Director Sally Van Vleck said.
“The idea of creating peace is something many people think they don’t have any control over,” Van Vleck said. “What we’re trying to say is we all have a role to play in promoting peace.”
The candle float ceremony is open to the public. Participants will gather at the west end of the farmers market in downtown Traverse City at 8:30 p.m.
Attendees can share thoughts, readings and songs about peace.