Nagasaki Day / End of Walk

End of Walk:

Today was a seven mile walk from Sunderland center to the New England Peace Pagoda.

It was a short day in mileage – about 7 total, but all uphill and it was about 90 degrees.

At the four mile mark the walk stopped at Leverett Town Hall to meet with local Jim Perkins who is a former city selectman and currently works with the Leverett Peace Commission.

He welcomed the walk warmly into the town hall and reminded us that, “Although today we are remembering Nagasaki and mourning all of the deaths that followed, we have hope because it has been 67 years since we have dropped a bomb and we are still here.”

The walk continued. Up the hills around Pioneer Valley, up Bull Horn Road and up Cave Hill Road before reaching the Peace Pagoda.

After circling the stupa the walkers held a short ceremony with prayers and discussion and heard from Ploughshare activist Daniel Sicker (who spent 3 years in jail from a previous action with Daniel Barrigan) about the recent action in Tenneessee.

The walkers had a short potluck and dispersed, the walk is officially over!

Many of the walkers will be returning to the Peace Pagoda on Sunday for a ceremony to re-dedicate the peace tree that was planted at the pagoda many years ago.

That ceremony will start at 11:00 am, information here: http://nipponzanmyohoji.tumblr.com/post/28664578705/special-ceremony-to-honor-the-tree-of

Saturday at Grafton Peace Pagoda a ceremony will be held to hear stories from the end of the walk around Lake Ontario:
http://www.graftonpeacepagoda.org/hiroshima-ceremony/

Thanks to all walkers and supporters who made this journey possible!
Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

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