Ring Bells Around the World
For Peace & A World Without War
Universal Peace Day – Sunday, August 5th, 2012
Commemorating the 67th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
WHERE: NEW LOCATION!! UNION SQUARE PARK by the GANDHI STATUE
Located at Union Square West between 14th and 15th Streets
WHEN: Sunday, August 5th, 2012 – 5-7:30Pm
Peace Bell Ceremony at 7:15Pm
New York, New York– Join in a Peal for Peace Bell Ringing Project, a global event of ringing bells around the world for Peace and a World Without War. On Sunday, August 5th, join a gathering by the Gandhi statue in Union Square Park to commemorate the exact moment of the 67th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing.
Beginning at 5PM, the public is invited to participate in sharing their visions of Peace with poetry and songs. At 7:15PM, there will be a Bell Ringing Ceremony featuring a 7 foot tall bell from Shohola Bells and a Peace Pole from The World Peace Prayer Society, with the words, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in English, Japanese, French and Spanish. Everyone is invited to bring bells to join in. Afterwards, John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” will be sung. Performers will include Ray Korona, Russell Daisy, Barry Gruber and other stellar musicians.
Bells will ring in numerous places around the world including, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico. Sharing the moment is the World Peace Bell Association, founded in Japan, which has installed over 20 Peace Bells in 16 countries. Among churches in NYC participating by ringing their bells are: The Riverside Church and St. John the Divine.
This event is organized by Universal Peace Initiative, and co-sponsored by World Peace Bell Association, Search for Common Ground, World Wide Peace Bell Foundation, The World Peace Prayer Society, Good News Broadcast, and Shohola Bells. Printing contributed by Art Institute of New York City.
The concept of Universal Peace Day (UPday) is to bring people around the world together to share their vision of peace and to trans- form a remembrance of horror into a rededication of life. The legacy of UPday, sponsored by Art For The People, began in 1984 in Central Park, where Peter Yarrow and others performed before a candle lighting ceremony at the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing. Over the years, UPday events have taken place in numerous locations including: Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, Riverside Park, Battery Park, Union Square, The Riverside Church, Church Center of the UN, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, and the NY Buddhist Church.
For more information, contact suZen: 917-607-4694 or Barry Gruber: 917-597-6046