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2014-07-09 at 14:18

Bell ceremony unites sister city in continued call for world peace

By Kathleen Charlebois, for tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY -- Bells rang across the city as part of a call for world peace.

City of Thunder Bay officials and members of the public rang the bell in front of City Hall during the annual Peace Bell Ceremony Wednesday. It was held in conjunction with the ceremony in Thunder Bay’s sister city, Gifu City, Japan.

A Canadian Legion Colour Party officially opened the ceremony while members of the Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association took part with the Lakehead, Fort William and Port Arthur Rotary Clubs.

“As a sister city, we ring the peace bell every year to promote world peace and Mayor (Shigemitsu) Hosoe in Gifu City is going to be doing the same thing,” Mayor Keith Hobbs said.

A letter written by Mayor Hosoe was read as part of the ceremony.

The joint ceremonies commemorate the Gifu Air Raid that occurred July 9, 1945 during World War II which resulted in more than 800 casualties.

Every year on July 9 Gifu City rings peace bells at each temple in the city, along with its six sister cities in order to promote world peace.

The bell ringing is also meant to honour the veterans of the war in Afghanistan.

Thunder Bay has had a formal sister city relationship with Gifu City for eight years.

“It’s a great day for Thunder Bay and a great day for Gifu City,” Hobbs said.
 

 

 

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ranma says:
I think our councilors should look in their own backyard first, before trying to take on the world. Considering the amount of violent crime this city has, it is obvious that our safety has taken a back seat to something more important. We are the violent crime and murder crime capital of Canada. It is time something was done to fix this, and we can start by voting out the same people who have sat and watched our decline for the last 10-15 years.
7/9/2014 3:07:27 PM
enos012 says:
You want world peace there is only one way and we are from it.....
7/9/2014 3:32:44 PM
mammabear says:
were worried about world peace when we have 4 homicides in our own city an date crimes and robberies happening almost daily! Maybe we should shift our focus MR MAYOR!
7/9/2014 3:58:14 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Hobbs should have his bell rung for not bringing peace to the streets of ThunderBay .
7/9/2014 4:52:18 PM
Comments unavailable says:
Hey Hobbs
How about being concerned/worried about bring peace to streets of this city like you promised four long years ago!

You are definitely not leading by example!
7/9/2014 6:36:52 PM
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