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Bells Ring for Peace at City Hall

July 7, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay and Sister City, Gifu City, Japan, will jointly ring a Peace Bell in their respective cities for the fourth year to recognize the importance of world peace and commemorate the anniversary of the exchange relationship. The Thunder Bay ceremony will take place on Friday, July 9 at 11 am in the McGillivray Square at City Hall.

As part of a project sponsored by the Sister City Committee, 1000 paper cranes were created by elementary students from Vance Chapman and Ecole Gron Morgan School and will be joined together as a paper bell. The crane is a symbol of peace and harmony in the Japanese culture.

There will also be eight local churches participating by simultaneously ringing their church bells during the event. Those churches include St. Paul’s Anglican Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Corpus Christi Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s United Church, St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church.

“By ringing the Peace Bell, we join our Sister City of Gifu City, Japan in encouraging a world of prosperous existence for all people,” said Acting Mayor Joe Virdiramo.

Although culturally very different, Thunder Bay and Gifu City share many of the same interests and challenges and have agreed to cooperate with each other on the universal subjects of peace, human rights and the environment.

“Citizens will be ringing Gifu City’s Peace Bell with the purpose of further deepening their support of peace,” said Shigemitsu Hosoe, Mayor – Gifu City. “I hope that the sounds of the Peace Bell will ring in through the hearts of people throughout the world.”

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Contact: Sheelagh Hendrick, Deputy City Clerk, 625-2236