Peace now! Choirs for peace.

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Father John Nelson and the Woodstock Council for Peace will be hosting an informal gathering, with choral performances for peace on Saturday, October 10, 2009. Location: the Woodstock Village Green, in front of the Dutch Reformed Church, at 12:30 p.m. Please come to this gathering, your presence is important. Every voice raised for peace is a voice that will be heard. As Yoko says, “Imagine Peace”.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. It is situated on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. The artwork was dedicated to John by Yoko at its unveiling on October 9th 2007, John Lennon’s 67th birthday. Photo courtesy of Yoko Ono and her Imagine Peace website.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. It is situated on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. The artwork was dedicated to John by Yoko at its unveiling on October 9th 2007, John Lennon’s 67th birthday. Photo courtesy of Yoko Ono and her Imagine Peace website.

Recently, we’ve seen growing interest around the world regarding the elimination of nuclear weapons; this seems especially important to President Obama. On the web site Answers.com, someone recently asked the question, “How strong is a nuclear bomb?”. The answer is frightening:

Nuclear bomb strength is expressed in terms of yield, equivalent to kilotons or megatons of TNT (trinitrotoluene); e.g., the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945 had a yield of 21 kilotons, or 21,000,000,000 grams of TNT. This caused total destruction within a radius of 1.6 kilometers, temperatures within the blast radius of 7,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds of 624 miles per hour. It is estimated that up to 75,000 people were killed immediately.

Hydrogen bombs were made during the 1960s with theoretical estimated yields of 100 megatons; to give you an idea of how much force that is, the 1908 Tunguska comet or meteoroid event is estimated to have produced a force between 10 and 15 megatons; it destroyed 830 square miles of forest. The island of Manhattan is 22.96 square miles.

Even without nuclear weapons, we still have too many conflicts, and a truly frightening array of conventional weapons proliferation around the world. So come out on Saturday, every single voice adds to the growing desire to bring peace to the world. For more information, please contact Father Nelson at frjohn121@yahoo.com

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