Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen, Rudi Hoenson, the last living Canadian survivor of Nagasaki and Jonathan Down, pediatrician, member of Physicians for Global Survival, and the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network, plant the tree Aug. 5 in Oak Bay. (Spencer Pickles photos)

Photos and video: Oak Bay commemorates Hiroshima, Nagasaki with tree planting

Last living Canadian survivor of Nagasaki on hand to plant tree of peace

The heartiest of 19 ginkgo tree saplings in Oak Bay’s stock sets root outside Athlone Court after a special ceremony Aug. 5.

Mayor of Oak Bay Nils Jensen planted the sapling grown from the seeds of a tree that survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima.

“It’s important we do what we can in our own daily lives to plant our own seeds of peace,” Jensen said.

He planted the tree alongside the last living Canadian survivor of Nagasaki, Rudi Hoenson, who was a prisoner of war in Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped – and Jonathan Dowd, a member of Physicians for Global Survival and the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network.

Oak Bay received 25 seeds as part of the Mayors for Peace/Seeds of Peace and 19 germinated in a “a sign of resiliency and hope,” said Dowd. Oak Bay’s parks department nurtured them into the small seedlings to be planted in the community.

The seedling was planted outside Athlone Court in Oak Bay village, a busy hub in the community.

“Peace is an everyday thing … it’s important what we can do in our own daily lives to plant our own seeds of peace,” Jensen said. “We need that kind of reminder in our daily lives.”

Jensen also proclaimed Hiroshima Memorial Day and Nagasaki Memorial Day, Aug. 6 and 9 in Oak Bay.

“I think it’s our No. 1 job to protect the planet and protect humanity,” Jensen said. “It’s something I can do in a very small way. If all the mayors do this in a small way it becomes a much louder voice.

“We are all responsible for what happened in Hiroshima and we’re all responsible for making sure it never happens again.”

editor@oakbaynews.com

 

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Susan Simmons begins a 24-hour swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

The MS Athlete and ultra-marathon swimmer wants to be the first person to make the journey

New Victoria mayoral candidate, three more council candidates step forward

Four people from NewCouncil.ca jump into the race for the Oct. 2018 municipal election

PHOTOS: Tour de Victoria takes off

1,800 cyclists took off in the Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria for a city-wide loop

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Oak Bay brothers scoop 10 kg of poop from park paths in 30 mins

Family picks up dog poo to give back, inspire others to be more responsible

Five things to do in Greater Victoria this weekend

Puppy yoga, horses, cars, water guns and more make up this weekend’s list of events to see

RCMP looking for missing Duncan teen

Dallas Macleod, 18, was last seen on Aug. 10

Evacuation order issued in Island village due to “risk of falling debris”

Fire continues to threaten town’s only access road

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

Most Read