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Oak Ridge AK Bissel Park Hosts International Celebration Tuesday

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee (WATE) – Ridge Oak will host an International Day of Peace celebration on Tuesday at a local park that symbolizes peace and unity between the United States and Japan after World War II.

Festivities at the International Friendship Bell and Peace Pavilion in Oak Ridge include the Music for Peace program performed by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, speakers David Allred and Ziad Demian, Quotes for Peace presented by the Girl Scouts, and a “Gardens for Peace” design raked in the on-site karesansui gravel garden by the North American Japanese Garden Association.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit along the lawn. The festivities will start at 5:00 p.m. and last until approximately 8:00 p.m.

The 8,300-pound Bronze International Friendship Bell at Oak Ridge was cast in Kyoto, Japan in 1993 for the 50th anniversary of the founding of Oak Ridge during WWII and as a symbol of peace and d unity between the United States and Japan.

Oak Ridge was founded for the uranium enrichment of the Manhattan Project which was used to create the “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. It became a sister city of Naka-machi , in Ibaraki, Japan in 1990..

Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks if they are within six feet of others. Organizers are asking people to consider leaving or not attending, even outdoors if they have experienced symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever or sore throat, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The United Nations National General Assembly has established the theme of the International Day of Peace 2021 as “Better Recovery for a Fair and Sustainable World”. The assembly encourages everyone to think creatively and collectively on how to help our society recover from the pandemic and build resilience.

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