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City Hall Bells Ring for World Peace


July 9, 2013 – The City of Thunder Bay and Sister City Gifu City, Japan, renewed their call for World Peace today with the annual Peace Bell ceremony.

During the ceremony, Peace Bells were rung simultaneously in Gifu and at Thunder Bay’s City Hall. Through the ringing of the bells, the two Sister Cities encouraged a world of prosperous existence for all people.

The ceremony also acknowledges the Sister City relationship between Gifu and Thunder Bay, which has been in place since 2007.

“We may be located on opposite sides of the globe, but Thunder Bay and Gifu share many of the same goals,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “Both our cities and our citizens strongly support peace and human rights, and we’re proud to stand with Gifu during this annual ceremony and renew that call.”

Several local churches also joined in the ceremony, ringing their own bells in support of peace. The event also included the reading of a message from Gifu. Students from Ecole Gron Morgan also presented an origami cherry blossom mobile.

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

“Through ringing the Peace Bell, we hope to create a world of mutual existence and prosperity, and I am extremely glad that it will also be rung on this day in Gifu’s sister city, Thunder Bay,” said Shigemitsu Hosoe, Mayor of Gifu City. “I’m sure the sound of the bell in Thunder Bay will resonate in the hearts of the citizens far away in Gifu City.”

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Contact: Nyomie Korcheski, Committee Coordinator, 625-2415