33rd annual Peace Lantern Floating Ceremony at Silver Lake Park

Monday marked 73 years since of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In honor of that, a crowd gathered for a ceremony Monday night at Silver Lake for the 33rd annual Peace Lantern Floating Ceremony.

The ceremony is similar to the one that happens in Hiroshima this time every year. For Silver Lake Park, it was all about peace. 

About 100 people gathered in memory of the victims and survivors of the bombings and for victims of violence today. 

In an event organized by the city of Rochester and several area churches, attending community members were each given a paper lantern kit to decorate.

Music, meditation, and a reading from fifth grade students from St. Francis took place. Mayor Ardell Brede wrapped up the ceremony with a speech. Since 1985, the lantern float continues with the commitment of spreading peace.

"This, silver lake, is almost the perfect place for us. Usually when we bring the lantern to the lake we have a beautiful sunset. And then, we can meditate ourselves, to think about victims – all the victims of violence and wars. And of course Hiroshima and Nagasaki and think about how to make peace,"  That’s our commitment." 

Following the ceremony, lanterns were lit and released silently by canoe onto the lake. Afterward attendees were invited to join in community drumming. The event came to an end as the lanterns finished their trail across the lake.

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