Ringing Japanese Peace Bell 2018

August 6, 2018 is the 73rd anniversary of the use of an atomic weapon for the first time, when Hiroshima was bombed. Last night I attended a remembrance of that tragic day at the site of the Japanese Bell of Peace and Friendship, on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol. I was glad to see a number of F/friends there.

Des Moines mayor Frank Cownie spoke about the city’s sister city, Kofu, Japan.

I was moved that the event included a tribute to Sherry Hutchison for her relentless and inspiring work for peace. Sherry was co-clerk of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative), helping me learn how to clerk.

Here is a link to all of the photos:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!Avb9bFhezZpPiapFJsXey-2iHLgjYA

The co-sponsors were Catholic Peace Ministry; Church Women United, DM Area Unit; Des Moines Area Religious Council; Des Moines Area Sisters of Humility; Des Moines Catholic Worker; Des Moines Ecumenical Committee for Peace; Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community; Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines Sister Council; First Unitarian Church of Des Moines; Iowa Peace Network; Iowa Poor People’s Campaign; Mary Ann Koch; Methodist Federation for Social Action; Plymouth U.C.C. Peace Committee; STAR*PAC; Veterans for Peace, Chapter 163; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Des Moines  Branch.


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1 Response to Ringing Japanese Peace Bell 2018

  1. Kathleen J. Hall says:

    I’m so glad this event was held and sponsored by so many community groups. Also glad Sherry’s work was recognized. Nice picture of her. We should be working on some recognition, (along with opposing nuclear arms) in Eastern Iowa next year (or certainly by the 75th anniversary in 2020).

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