Peace Walk in the Tri-Cities
Buddhist monks expand their annual Interfaith Peace Walk to include Kennewick as well as Richland today.
About 15 people joined two monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple from Bainbridge Island for what they called a 'prayer walk' to abolish nuclear weapons.
Senji Kana-Eda, a monk, originally from Japan, says his interest in abolishing nuclear weapons began in childhood. His family was affected when the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
"This is not a protest, but to bring awareness. We are small in numbers but we hope each step brings a prayer and with it as sense of better understanding, that we can change what is happening in our backyards through peace and prayer," said Kana-Ida.
Oregon WAND stands for Women's Action for New Directions. One of Oregon WAND's chapter leaders, Susan Cundiff, says her interest in the movement began when her nephew developed Chronic Mylegenous Leukemia.
"It's one of those cancers that is related to the fallout associated with nuclear bombs and nuclear waste. I hope that each one of us can bring about more awareness today, and with Hanford being so close, this is the right place to walk," said Cundiff.
This is the eleventh walk for the monks and several others who took part.
The group walked about 11 miles in both cities. In Richland they walked from John Dam Plaza to Hanford 300.
The peace walk originated in Portland last Friday and will end August 11, coinciding close to the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.