The former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was ground zero when the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and is now the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as the A-Bomb Dome. On August 9th a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. As we commemorate this 75th Anniversary and the horrific loss of civilian life and suffering that ensued our thoughts and condolences are also with all those suffering loss and devastation in Beirut today, where a modern-day ground zero has resulted in images so reminiscent of those seen in Hiroshima seventy five years ago.
What a treat today enjoying the sublime Yuja Wang whose breathtaking virtuosity was on full display on the final day of Virtual Verbier Festival, thanks to Medici TV. Seeing and hearing her play is such a privilege and in these troubled times her inspirational artistry uplifts us all.
Thank you Yuja.
Portland, USA, July 2020.
“Victims in their own country of state sponsored violence…
…And someday, when we do finish that long journey toward freedom; when we do form a more perfect union – whether it’s years from now, or decades, or even if it takes another two centuries – John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America…
…where real courage comes from. Not from turning on each other, but by turning towards one another. Not by sowing hatred and division, but by spreading love and truth. Not by avoiding our responsibilities to create a better America and a better world, but by embracing those responsibilities with joy and perseverance and discovering that in our beloved community, we do not walk alone.”
Words from President Barrack Obama’s inspiring eulogy and call to action today at the moving funeral for the late Congressman John Lewis.