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Hiroshima Day 2017 at Coventry Cathedral

On Sunday 6th August at 6pm, there will be a service of reflection at Coventry Cathedral to remember the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

The service will be led by the Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry, with Ruth Longoni from the Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee as the speaker. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry will attend as well as the Political Minister and Second Secretary - Mr Tomohiro Mikanagi and Ms Reiko Kurihara - from the Embassy of Japan. Coventry poet, Anthony Owens, will read one of his poems and students from Cardinal Newman Catholic School will read the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl affected by the Hiroshima bomb.

A memorial has been held in Coventry for Hiroshima Day every year since 1987. The two cities have developed a friendship over the years with messages exchanged between the Lord Mayor of Coventry and the Mayor of Hiroshima.

The service, which is suitable for those of all faiths and none, will include prayers and reflective silence. After hearing the story of Sadako Sasaki, the congregation will join together to make Japanese origami cranes of peace. At 7pm the service will finish and there will be soft drink refreshments and a chance to talk to those present.

The Dean of Coventry, the Very Reverend John Witcombe says;

“The annual marking of Hiroshima Day is a very important part of our life here in the Cathedral, and especially in the Chapel of Unity with its focus on reconciliation. It is always immensely moving to gather representatives of what were deeply divided communities to remember the horrors of war and to pledge ourselves again to the pursuit of peace. I am very pleased that this service is hosted by the Lord Mayor’s Peace committee, which means that it truly belongs to all citizens of Coventry, and all are most welcome.”

We look forward to welcoming you for this special service.

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