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Peace Lanterns on Nagasaki Day

The sky cleared over Knoxville for a brief period Friday evening, August 9, but it was just long enough for the Peace Lantern ceremony. Eighty people came for a wonderful evening of drumming, chanting, music, reading, joining in Japanese folk dancing, hearing the story of Nagasaki told with shadow puppets, and finally, to the gentle recorder music of Ann Myers and Mark Kiser, the launching of peace lanterns into the Tennessee River.

Recalling Nagasaki with peace lanterns has become a tradition in Knoxville, and the addition over the years of shadow puppet theatre and Japanese folk dancing has enriched the evening.





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Sunday Vigil

OREPA has held Sunday vigils every week for more than 22 years at the main entrance to the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex (intersection of Scarboro Rd and East Bear Creek Road). We will now be holding the vigil at 4:00PM ET during the winter months so we don’t have to be sitting out in the dark. We are outdoors and space our chairs; when covid numbers are up, we encourage people to wear masks. Bring your own chair, we have some umbrellas for sun shade or rain.

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