Megumi Saunders

Youth put light on atomic bombs at lantern ceremony

The lantern ceremony takes place at Esquimalt Gorge Park on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.

First Metropolitan Church minister Megumi Saunders is bringing the stories of the children affected by the atomic bombs to life, with the help of two members from the church’s youth group.

Mira Kuroyedov, 16, and Alec Krawcyw, 14, will each be reading a story from Children of the Atomic Bomb, a collection of memoirs written by the young victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, at an annual lantern ceremony marking the anniversary of the bombs.

“It was a really moving experience,” Kuroyedov said of her reading last year, “especially because it was written by a girl my age, going through things I couldn’t even imagine.”

Saunders and her youth group have been participating in the ceremony for nearly a decade, since the Victoria Raging Grannies, who organize the ceremony, reached out to her.

“Being Japanese, having been to the Hiroshima Memorial five times, I realized I could bring what I know to the ceremony,” Saunders said. “But that the best way to present the stories would be through the youth.”

Yumie Kono will also be returning to read a series of haiku and tanka poems written by her mother, a survivor of Hiroshima. Participants of the ceremony will make lanterns, containing messages of hope and peace, to float on the Gorge.

“It really leaves an impression on the younger people,” Raging Grannies founder Fran Thoburn said. “I may be a bit optimistic, but I think it resonates with older people too, it helps them remember what’s important.”

The lantern ceremony takes place at Esquimalt Gorge Park on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.

Just Posted

Chinese Culture to light up 2019 Victoria Day Parade

Groups hopes Greater Victorians ‘view the culture, embrace the friendship’

Struggling Victoria adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Royal and McPherson Society pleads its case to Victoria council

‘Dark days’ at Royal, user groups’ weekend priorities make scheduling other entertainment challenging

Uplands Park champion to earn provincial award

B.C. Community Award for Margaret Lidkea coincides with Sunday’s volunteer celebration

Oak Bay Sgt. struggles through emotional testimony in double murder trial

Andrew Berry is charged with second-degree murder in deaths of daughters Chloe (6) and Aubrey (4)

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air… Continue reading

Attack on student in Courtenay ‘way more than bullying’, says mom

A Comox Valley mother said “it was way more than bullying” at… Continue reading

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

Most Read