Group Walks Miles Through Richland To Promote World Peace
RICHLAND, Wash. - A group of 12 people made their way through the streets of Richland Monday afternoon to promote world peace. It is part of their 300-mile pilgrimage.
The Interfaith Peace Walk is happening in Richland July 23 and 24. The theme of their voyage is "Hiroshima-Nagasaki to Hope" and they are commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombings.
They organize many peace walks throughout the country. Next week they have plans to make their way to the Trident Nuclear Submarine base in Bangor.
Monday, the group walked from Christ the King School on Stevens Drive to John Dam Park to pray for world peace. The group is made up of monks, nuns, and peace advocates who believe that the only way to end violence around the world is to get rid of nuclear weapons completely.
Tuesday they will continue their peace walk to the Hanford Nuclear Site. Peace Walker Gene Weisskopf said Hanford plays an important historical role in the creation of nuclear energy. Hanford is the location where plutonium was made for the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
Weisskopf said the group is not making a political statement. He said, "They are making spiritual statements. You can't have world peace when you are holding a gun to your neighbors head, a gun in the form of a nuclear weapon."
The group encouraged others to join them in their peace walk. The only requirement they request is that walkers are non-violent.