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Hiroshima-Nagasaki attacks to be remembered Saturday

Friday, August 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:00 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks will hold its annual commemoration of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki nuclear bombings at 6 p.m. Saturday in Columbia’s Bethel Park.

The organization has been holding a commemorative ceremony to remember the nuclear bombings for the last 18 years.

On Aug. 6, 1945, to push Japan to surrender and end World War II, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, killing about 75,000 people. Three days later, the United States bombed Nagasaki, killing about 40,000 people.

“The reasons for gathering when we started are still there: The purpose is to renew a commitment to have a world free from the threat of nuclear annihilation,” said Mark Haim, director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks.

The gathering, which Haim called “an active remembrance,” will feature a potluck picnic, music, speakers, cooperative games for children and dances of peace. The evening will end with the floating of commemorative lanterns.

Haim said “the sense of community and solidarity people get from meeting with other peace-minded people” will be the highlight for some people who attend.

— Justin Kelley


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