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Peace Bells Ring Simultaneously in Thunder Bay and Japan

Created: 07/09/2014 3:53 PM WDIO.com

People in Thunder Bay and its sister city of Gifu City, Japan rang peace bells simultaneously Wednesday to call for worldwide peace and prosperity.

"On July 9 every year, the anniversary of the day in which air raids occurred in Gifu, the Peace Bell is rung in the hope of creating a world of mutual harmony and prosperity," Mayor Shigemitsu Hosoe, Gifu City, Japan, said in a statement. "I hope that you and those in your city can share our wish, and that the ringing of the Peace Bell opens up an opportunity to tell the future generations of the importance of peace."

Gifu City and Thunder Bay have had a relationship through the Sister Cities program since 2007.

According to a city press release, Mayor Keith Hobbs, Councillor Brian McKinnon, and representatives the Lakehead, Fort William and Port Arthur Rotary clubs participated in Wednesday’s ceremony, as did members of the Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association. A Canadian Legion Colour Party was also present.

Thunder Bay and Sister City Gifu City, Japan, renewed their call for worldwide peace and prosperity at the annual Peace Bell Ceremony, held July 9 at Thunder Bay City Hall.
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