SOURCE: Raise The Flag At Five

Raise the Flag at Five

April 12, 2011 13:17 ET

History Making Moment for Japan

San Francisco: The Epicenter of Gratitude

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 12, 2011) - A century after Japan donated millions to help San Francisco recover from its deadliest earthquake, city leaders, celebrities, musicians and huge crowds will unite to help the Asian nation heal from its worst natural disaster in history. In a first of-its-kind ceremony this Saturday, April 16th, a 108-foot tribute flag to Japan, proudly supported and donated by Porsche USA, will be unveiled at exactly 5 PM PDT at Japan Town's Peace Plaza on Post Street (between Buchanan & Laguna Streets). The world's largest "Get Well" card designed to make the Guinness World Records book will also be presented as this year's Cherry Blossom Festival comes to an exciting end. Beach Boy's Al Jardine will provide the musical backdrop for the tribute who recently returned from Japan, and feels very close to the people there, he is releasing a 7" vinyl single to benefit the Japanese Red Cross to be offered at Amoeba and other record stores. The event will also feature inspiring speeches, Asian cuisine and spirits, a silent auction and opportunities for the public to have their personal photo included as part of the gigantic "Get Well Japan" card.

The community group, "Raise the Flag at Five," will co-host the event with The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) which has set up the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and 100% of event proceeds will be given to the fund for actual on the ground aid programs in Japan. A helicopter photographer will capture the scene in a panoramic photo, which will circulate around the world as a symbol of San Francisco's support and gratitude for Japan. Event organizer, Gian Paolo Veronese, says, "San Francisco leads the world in philanthropy, compassion and connecting the globe. Everyone who joins us will be helping Japan through what is still its most serious time of need."

Today in Japan, killer aftershocks pushed the death toll closer to 13-thousand with more than 14-thousand still missing following last month's 9.0 temblor. Back in 1906 when San Francisco's 7.9 earthquake and resulting fire destroyed 500 city blocks, Japan stepped up as the largest contributor to the city's financial recovery. 100% of proceeds will directly benefit Japan.

RAISE THE FLAG AT FIVE SCHEDULE:

DATE:
Saturday April 16th

TIME:
3 PM to 7 PM (flag unveiling @ 5 PM)

WHERE:
Peace Plaza on Post St between Buchanan & Laguna, Japan Town

WEBSITE:
http://raisetheflagatfive.com

The event is looking for volunteers. If you would like to participate, please email danielle@raisetheflagatfive.com.

The JCCCNC is a non-profit organization serving 185,000 people of all ages and backgrounds with a focus on meeting the most pressing needs of the Japanese American community. For more information go to: http://jcccnc.org

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