Ribbon Project 2020

The Peace Ribbon project is one woman’s vision that inspired tens of thousands. After being deeply affected by a visit to Hiroshima in 1975, Justine Merritt used her Christmas card list to invite 100 friends and relatives to join in wrapping a “Ribbon” around the Pentagon as a reminder that life is precious and nuclear war is unthinkable – a symbol of peace to surround a symbol of war.

What follows is a short reflection from FAN’s Associate Director, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF as she was in attendance, helping to wrap a ribbon around Washington, D.C. in 1985.


Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

When nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, I was a child, totally unaware of the devastating, nightmare impacts on these cities and their populations. Later I heard adults say that horrifying as these were, the bombings brought about the end of WWII, so they were justified.

In time, as I learned more about the unspeakable suffering inflicted on innocent people, and the madness of the nuclear arms race, I was convinced that we must act to end this threat to humanity and Earth. In 1985, as a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, I helped to organize a group of our sisters traveling to Washington, DC to join the thousands of people of all ages carrying 24,000 banners to form a Ribbon Around the Pentagon, urging the abolition of nuclear weapons. We hoped that the United States, the only country who had used “the bomb”, would lead the world in dismantling these weapons. Other FAN members of a “certain age” may also have helped to wrap that ribbon around the Pentagon and hoped for an end to the arms race. Sadly, that hope was not fulfilled.

In August, 2020, as we observe the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, FAN promotes the 2020 virtual Peace Ribbon project of The Ribbon International. While this country and the world are engaged with many crises, we must not forget that nuclear war is still a real threat. We are invited to ask ourselves, “What can I not bear to think of as lost forever in a nuclear war”?

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

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