Horseheads Sister Cities Association rings bells to celebrate 75 years of peace between US and Japan
Horseheads, NY (WENY) -- Organizers with the Horseheads Nakagawa Sister City Program and community members rang bells simultaneously with 50 other cities.
The idea of ringing the bells is to celebrate 75 years of peace since atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Wednesday, August 8th marks when the first bomb was dropped.
The Village of Horseheads and Nakagawa have maintained their friendship for nearly three decades. Horseheads' mayor has even proclaimed the entire week “Horseheads-Nakagawa Peace Week”. The village will also fly the Japanese flag. The hope is that by participating in Wednesday’s bell ringing on Saturday, August 8th, the community can spread the message of peace across the county and the ocean to Nakagawa. Sakura Park, where the bell ringing was held also has a special connection with Japan. The trees were bought by Horseheads' sister city. Horseheads High school even maintains an exchange program with Nakagawa.
“Cities in Japan are also participating. So it's a great way for us to be together with them and extend our bond with them and promote, peace and unity, especially in this day and age when we can't be together,” said Jack Murray, Horseheads Sister Cities Association, Co-President.
On Saturday, they're asking people to ring bells again at 10:02 PM Saturday to coincide with the second atomic bomb dropping and continue to spread the message of peace.