Pat Stringer, member of The Friendship Force of Greater Harrisburg which promotes peace and friendship throughout the world joined more than 80 participants representing: Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, Catholic Worker House, Christian Churches United, Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School, Harrisburg Friends Meeting, Mayor's Interfaith Advisory Council, Oryoki Zendo, Pax Christi Harrisburg, Peacemaking Committee of Market Square Presbyterian Church, the Pennsylvania Council of Churches,
Physicians for Social Responsibility Harrisburg/Hershey, Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of Harrisburg, Women's Interfaith Symposium, the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and members of the Jewish community for the program and the processional
to the Susquehanna River to release the candles.
The program consisted of poetry reading, Native American Music, prayer in memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a liturgical dance to "Let There Be Peace on Earth", a message from the Mayor of Harrisburg's representative, Joyce Davis, a unison song, short film on preventing a nuclear war, keynote by Dr. John Reuwer, speaking on recent United Nations Resolution to ban nuclear weapons agreed upon by 122 Nations, a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi by students from Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School and concluding with Unison Recitation of the Peace and music of Allison Bach on cello.
The processional to the Susquehanna River was guided by Becky Boone to the beat of a drum. Music at the river was provided by Ruth Dunnewold on trumpet.
The event was covered by Channel 20 and another tv station.
A Nuclear War Film Festival will be held August 7 - 9, 2017 at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 1280 Clover Lane, Swatara Township. There will be an opportunity to discuss the link between arms expenditures on the federal level, financial and social
problems faced by cities like Harrisburg. A light entree and drinks will be provided between movies. Your side dishes are welcome.
The films are:
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Countdown to Zero (2010)
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Atomic Cafe (1982)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Threads (1984)
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The Man Who Saved the World (2012)
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
All films FREE.
This is particularly timely since North Korea is claiming they can knock out and reach any city on the United States continent.
Also, the closing of Three Mile Island Nuclear plant will affect a number of IBEW Electrical workers, perhaps 300 jobs.