Memory Garden Commemoration


The Rev. Dr. Leslie Kawamura of the Jodo Shinshu Temples of Canada - Living Dharma Centre, rings a bell at the start of a poignant Buddhist ceremony.
-David F. Rooney photo


The bonds between two cultures were strengthened Sunday as Japanese and Canadians gathered together in two poignant and moving ceremonies to commemorate the 58 workers who died in the 1910 Rogers Pass avalanche.

The main ceremony, which was sponsored by Parks Canada at the Rogers Pass National Historic Site included the public inauguration of Rob Buchanan’s remarkable Memory Garden. It mirrored the March 15 ceremony in many ways.

The workers of both Japanese and European ancestry were honoured and prayers were said in both the Buddhist and Christian traditions for the repose of their souls.

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