Upcoming Events to Commemorate the Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Paul Olson, President
Nebraskans for Peace

With the anniversary of the first atomic bombings approaching, Nebraskans for Peace believes it is important we remember what happened 65 years ago if we are to keep from repeating history. On August 2, 1945, just as the victorious Allies were concluding their conference in Potsdam, Germany on the post-war division of Europe and readying for the final assault on Japan, Harry Truman reputedly gave the order to drop the atomic bomb.  The city of Hiroshima became the first victim of this never-before-used weapon on August 6, and Nagasaki the second, on August 9, three days later. As we commemorate the momentous events at Potsdam, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we take heart from the declarations of our world leaders seeking the total abolition of these Weapons of Mass Destruction and look forward to the prospect of significant reductions in nuclear armaments. Senate ratification of the “New START Treaty” with Russia is an essential next step in ultimately ridding our world of these doomsday weapons.

There are several events taking place in Lincoln and in Omaha for you to choose from. The full description and information can be found on the events page of our website.

Lincoln Events:

Friday, August 6th at 7pm, at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A St, Lincoln, NE,  the Lincoln Chapter of Nebraskans for Peace presents a reading/performance of the play by Hayashi Kyoko, Foie Gras and the Public Servant, on the bombing of Nagasaki. You may download, print and distribute the poster by clicking here.

Saturday, August 7th starting at 7pm, at Holmes Lake Park on the northeast side of the lake, is our 2010 Hiroshima Lantern Float.

Omaha Events:

A 3 1/2 day "Shake and Bake" vigil outside of the Offutt/StratCom Airforce Base at the Kenny Gate, sponsored by the Omaha and DesMoines Catholic Workers.

Friday, August 6th, Saturday, August 7th, Sunday, August 8th and Monday, August 9th. This event includes a video reenactment of the bombing of Nagasaki, a long lost article about the bombing of Nagasaki and the son of the first reporter into Nagasaki after the bombing.

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