We at Hibakusha Stories are honored and proud to receive this exuberant and moving testimonial to the work we do here from none other than Yoko Ono Lennon who has been such an amazing proponent of peace herself for many years, decades! We thank her for her kind words, her hugely generous donation that will help us tremendously, her desire to help the young adults who are our future, and her unwavering commitment to Peace On Earth. Yoko writes:
February 19, 2010
First of all, I want to thank the Hibakusha for coming to New York, and meeting with our high school students.
The work you do is so incredible – it is a gift, really, telling your stories and your experiences to the young, so they can see the reality of what you survived – the horrors of nuclear war. The students learn to take their places as guardians of your memory, what you call the Responsibility of Remembrance.
You offer yourselves as living, loving proof, bringing the truth of your lives to children who could not know what it is to live through such violence.
As time passes, as the memory of the war dims, your work is ever more important. Your words must reach the ears of the young, so that they, through you, can bear witness.
Your work not only honors the past, it also honors the future – as the consequences of nuclear war affects not only those who live through the attack, but also future generations.
More than offering stories of darkness and suffering, you offer hope for a nuclear free future, a future of peace. Your visit and work with students is an act of great love, a love born in pain, but strengthened through force of will and commitment to life.
I thank you for your steady work for peace. I love you.
Yoko Ono Lennon