Manhattan, New York: A traditional Japanese floating lanterns ceremony commemorating the victims of the WTC tragedy will take place on Friday, September 11 at Pier 40 (south side) led by Rev. T.K. Nakagaki of the New York Buddhist Church with the assistance of the Interfaith Center of New York. All are invited to attend.
Friday, September 11, 2009 6pm – 9pm;
South Side of Pier 40 (W. Houston St. & West Street);
Subway: #1 to Houston Street
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the “Commemorating Victims of 9/11 and War” event in Manhattan, New York.
6:00pm Preparation of Lanterns – writing loved ones’ names and/or message for peace, assisted by New York de Volunteer
6:30pm Opening Music (Taiko drums by Soh Daiko members, “Global Harmony” by Shinji Harada, well-known Japanese pop singer from Hiroshima, Japan, Eriko Fukui, a young wonderful flutist from Japan)
Interfaith Prayer & Meditation by religious leaders, assisted by Interfaith Center Buddhist Sutra Chanting & Greetings/Messages
Chorus by the Japanese American Association of New York Chorus
7.45pm Floating lighted lanterns on Hudson River, assisted by NY Kayak Company
Each year people in Hiroshima, Japan, gather to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of the atomic bombings and all victims of war. The New York Buddhist Church continues this moving tradition for the sixth time on the Hudson River to honor the victims of 9/11. The event is FREE and members of the public are invited come early to write loved ones’ names or a peace message on a lantern. Food provided by United Sikhs.
This event is sponsored by the New York Buddhist Church in partnership with the Interfaith Center of New York, co-sponsored by the New York Disaster Interfaith Services, UNITED SIKHS, and supported by NY de Volunteers, New York Kayak Company, Buddhist Council of New York, New York City Downtown Boathouse and the LIC Community Boathouse.
For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-688-3525.