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Catalan cities commemorate the Peace Day

September 21, 2019
Barcelona, Canovelles and Lloret de Mar (Spain)
Report from the City of Granollers

On September 21, to commemorate this year’s International Day of Peace, the municipalities of Barcelona, Canovelles and Lloret de Mar, Mayors for Peace members, organized a full day of activities to express their desire for peace and their rejection of violence.

The event in Barcelona was held on September 20 at the Hiroshima Garden, located in the Horta-Guinardó neighbourhood, with various schools and organizations involved. The event featured workshops for children, presentations of mural paintings, a tree planting ceremony and speeches by public authorities. At noon, bells were rung to pay tribute to all the people who lost their lives during the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in the hope that no such tragedy will ever happen again anywhere in the world. Among the participants were Mayor Josep Mayoral of Granollers, a Vice President of Mayors for Peace and the Lead City of the Catalan Chapter, and a representative from the Japanese Embassy in Spain. Mayor Mayoral stated in his speech, “We should continue working for peace at all levels. We should ask all governments for a total ban of nuclear weapons.”

In Canovelles, where a second-generation A-bombed camphor tree was planted last year, a full day of activities for peace was organized to commemorate the IDP. The day of solidarity included a reading of a manifesto in favor of peace and coexistence, a musical performance, and a flower offering in memory of the victims of the atomic bombings.

Lloret de Mar sounded bells at noon on September 21 in response to a call from the City of Takayama, Japan, to organize a Peace Bell Ceremony to renew their determination to bring peace to the globe. The ceremony included a minute of silence and reading of the UN Secretary-General's message for this year’s IDP.

Event in Barcelona
Event in Barcelona
Event in Barcelona
Event in Lloret de Mar

(Photos courtesy of the Catalan Chapter of Mayors for Peace)

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