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Remembering August 6 & 9

March 19, 2006

With the 59th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki swiftly approaching, many of us find ourselves asking similar questions...

What can I do to remember those who lost their lives in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

What can I do to stop the development of new nuclear weapons, and to prevent the use of existing nuclear weapons?

Many groups around the nation are working to answer these questions. Here are some ways that you can learn more...

Special Events

Visit the website of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. The group is planning three days of Actions for Peace in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, areas. Learn more about their mission, goals, and plans, and how you can organize Actions for Peace in your own community.
Visit the Shirley / Jones Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. A special exhibit, The Unforgettable Fire: Drawing by Survivors of Hiroshima, will be on display from August 6 through August 28. Call 937/767-1711 for more information.
Participate in the Prayer Concert for Peace at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 6. Contact the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at (513) 579-8547 for more information.
View War and Peace, a documentary on nuclear proliferation and the worldwide anti-nuclear movement, at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 6, in Kelly Auditorium, Alter Hall, Xavier University. Call (513) 232-5053 for more information.
Participate in a special Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at 8 p.m. on Monday, August 9, at Eden Park, Mirror Lake. Contact the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at (513) 579-8547 for more information.
Participate in a special Peace Meditation on Thursday, August 5, 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shirley / Jones Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Every year, a special remembrance is held in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6. This Peace Meditation will be held simultaneously with the ceremony in Hiroshima. Call 937/767-1711 for more information.
Participate in a Vigil and Candlelight Ceremony to remember the victims of Hiroshima on August 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Dayton, beside the Great Miami River behind the First Baptist Church and YMCA on Monument Street. The event is a peaceful way to remember victims of the atomic disaster at Hiroshima, Japan, and to emphasize there are better ways to resolve international disputes than nuclear war. The choir from the Lower Miami Church of the Brethren will perform at the outdoor amphitheater behind the First Baptist Church and YMCA. Speakers will include U.D. professor Ron Katsuyama who will draw parallels between the events leading to Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb and the events leading to Bush’s decision to attack Iraq. Rick Polhamus of Christian Peacemakers Team will speak about the potential for a new arms race and his experiences in Iraq and other war-torn countries. The summer’s evening vigil will also feature guitarist Nick Cardilino, of the University of Dayton’s Center for Social Concerns, who will lead those in attendance in songs of peace. Floating, lighted candles will be released along the Great Miami River in a display of hope and to pay respect to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year’s event is intended to bring attention to the fact that the world is about to embark on another arms race with new "bunker buster" and other nuclear technologies. Not only do many young people not realize that nuclear weapons have been used with horrible consequences, but new saber-rattling rhetoric has moved nuclear war from "unthinkable" to "thinkable." As headlines speak of the search for weapons of mass destruction, organizers say, we will find them right here in America. For more information, call 937-233-3425 , or email: jlucas511@woh.rr.com.

Resources on Nuclear Weapons, Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Visit the website of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The group is preparing for a Senate vote in September on whether to develop new, more "usable," nuclear weapons. Learn how you can make your voice heard in Congress.
Visit the website of the Sadako Film Project. Their purpose is to help educators use the true story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes to teach children about the power of one person to create change, the long term consequences of war, and the values that are cherished by all cultures.
Visit the website of the World Peace Project for Children. The Sadako Peace Club has been formed for children who are interested to participate in promoting world peace. Members help by introducing the Sadako story, singing the Sadako song, writing to International Pen Pals, and teaching others how to fold paper cranes.
E-mail the Peace Resource Center to request a FREE copy of A Physician’s Diary of the Atomic Bombing and its Aftermath, written by Raisuke Shirabe, MD, translated into English by Aloysius F. Kuo, MD, and edited by Fidelius R. Kuo. Dr. Shirabe began the diary on August 9, 1945, the day that an atomic bomb completely destroyed and burned the buildings of Nagasaki Medical University and killed approximately 900 faculty members, administrative staff and students, and it ends on October 26, 1945, with a clipping of a newspaper article reporting the re-establishment of Nagasaki Medical University. Dr. Shirabe kept the diary in order to record his experiences in the wake of the atomic bombing. The diary was donated by the Shirabe family to Nagasaki University School of Medicine on the occasion of the 50th Memorial Service for Medical University Atomic Bomb Victims held on August 9, 1995. The hardcover book contains reproductions of original drawings included in the diary, and photographs of Nagasaki after the bombing. (A $5 donation to cover shipping & handling is suggested.)
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