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Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration

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Sunday, August 07, 2022, 12:30pm

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be commemorated at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022 in the pavilion at Gough Park in Silver City, New Mexico, at the corner of 12th and North Pope Streets, according to an announcement by the Gila Friends Meeting (Quakers). This ceremony of remembrance will begin with a period of silent worship, followed by an opportunity to share reflections in an atmosphere of reverence and respect. All are welcome. Participants are asked to bring their own chairs. Before and after the ceremony, participants may view historical posters on the development, decision making, and effects of the atomic bombings.

The Gila Friends Meeting has observed the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan annually since 1986. The United States exploded the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and the second over Nagasaki on August 9. Well over 100,000 people died instantly. Many more died in the months and years that followed from radiation exposure, and many pregnancies ended in stillbirths or in children born severely impaired. According to a press release, the Friends invite the community to remember and grieve for the victims of the bombings, as well as for those who have suffered illness and death from uranium mining, bomb testing, and all aspects of weapons construction and management. The event offers participants an opportunity to renew their dedication to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

Location 12th & Pope Streets
Silver City NM

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