At the commemorations for Hiroshima Day in August, a certificate of friendship was passed from Coventry Lord Mayor Ann Lucas to Dr Miho Taka Coventry University and Yui Taka-Hussan a student of Finham Park School Coventry. The certificate was passed via the Japanese embassy and made it’s way to Hiroshima, where it was officially presented to the city on 23rd September.
The body of the message of the certificate says:
“This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in our world”
Reaffirms the City of Coventry, in particular Coventry Association for International Friendship and Hiroshima Coventry Friendship Club, to the commitment of friendship with the City of Hiroshima, promoting good community relationships and future co-operation and peace making initiatives.
Coventry Quakers have been involved for many years with Coventry’s Peace Committee and the Coventry Hiroshima Remembrance Service has involved at least five of the meeting as volunteers and often the support of twenty of the meeting for the remembrance itself. A Coventry Quaker reflected
“I don’t think that this great occasion this year – the presentation of a certificate from the City of Coventry (“Coventry, a British city that promotes ‘Peace and Reconciliation'”) would have happened without the drive and support of Coventry Quakers and the Quaker Peace Testemony.”David Fish, Coventry Quakers