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6 August
Peace Park: 75th anniversary – Hiroshima & Nagasaki

As part of our commitment to Mayors for Peace, all members of the community are invited to join four gingko tree planting ceremonies in August, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan:

Date: Thursday 6 August
Time: 7am
Location: Peace Park (located at Dick Lawrence Reserve, Beaconsfield). Planting will take place just off Lefroy Street, approximately 150 metres from the intersection with Carrington Street. View the map.

Date: Sunday 9 August
Time: 9.45am
Location: Peace Park (located at Dick Lawrence Reserve, Beaconsfield). Planting will take place just off Lefroy Street, approximately 150 metres from the intersection with Carrington Street. View the map.

The date and times coincide with the 75th year anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945, respectively.

The planting ceremonies symbolise our deep respect for the victims of the nuclear bombings, and our promotion of peace and commitment to the total abolition of nuclear weapons. 

Fremantle joins 8000 mayors and shire presidents around the world, in the global campaign calling for all cities to be safe from weapons of mass destruction, and to build a culture of peace in their local areas.

Your presence will be a valued addition to these special occasions.

NullAbout the gingko trees

Gingko biloba (gingko) seeds were presented to the City of Fremantle by Hiroshima Mayor, Tadatoshi Akiba as a symbol for our hope and courage to live in a world free of nuclear weapons with the realisation of eternal world peace.

The gingko seeds came from the mother tree that was burnt but survived the atomic bomb dropped in 1945.

After receiving the gingko seeds in 2014 (see the below Facebook post for a flashback), the City of Fremantle partnered with Ellenby Tree Farm and the City of South Perth Nursery who carefully and kindly looked after and raised the trees until they were ready to plant this year.

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About Mayors for Peace

The City of Fremantle is a proud member of Mayors for Peace – an international organisation committed to spreading the message of the atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha).

Their ardent wish is that “no one should ever suffer as we have” and to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons is passed on to future generations.  Mayors for Peace was part of a global campaign which has succeeded in the United Nations adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which is expected to be finalised in the next year or so.

 

Six other participating Mayors for Peace councils from Western Australia will also be planting gingko trees provided by the City of Fremantle in solidarity.

International Day of Peace

The planting ceremonies are also part of the lead up to International Day of Peace  on Monday 21 September.

The City will install a plaque delivered from Japan at Peace Park on Monday 21 September. The plaque explains the heritage and importance of ginkgos and the purpose of Mayor For Peace.

Keep an eye on our what’s on page and social media channels closer to the date for more details.

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