Grand Rapids Sister Cities, Omihachiman - Japan

October 25 – Obon Society Presents

You’re invited to a free presentation by Rev and Keiko Ziak, Co-Founders of the Obon Society.

The Final Chapter of WWII: Building a World of Peace, Trust and Friendship from the Ashes of War

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus
Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed Church
514 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids


The Obon Society is a non-profit humanitarian movement dedicated to the pursuit of peace by providing opportunities for reconciliation through the return of personal items taken during war.

In World War II there were a million and a half Japanese soldiers missing in action, i.e., their families do not know what happened to them. But every Japanese soldier carried a personal “honor good luck flag” which had been signed by family members, neighbors, etc. American soldiers took these flags off the dead Japanese soldiers as battle trophies by the thousands and brought them home. These are the only surviving physical mementos of the those soldiers for most Japanese families. In the Shinto religion it is very important to have a physical object connected to deceased relatives and ancestors. In recent years there has been a movement started to find and return these flags to the Japanese families.

This public presentation is sponsored by Meditation and Restorative Services of Muskegon County, Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning and Grand Rapids Sister Cities International. For more information call 616.454.4888.