LETTER: Why Local Group Still Hosts Vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Candleboats float on the Charles River in Watertown in memory of those who died in the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The following information was provided by Watertown Citizens for Peace Justice & the Environment.

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

7:30 PM –Silent Vigil – Watertown Square

8:00 PM– Music and Testimonials

8:30 PM– Launching of the Candle Boats – Watertown Dock



“Why do we stand in silence and float candle boats”?

  • To remember the more than 210,000 killed, and the many more injured, by the U.S. nuclear attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 in 1945.
  • To remember the original five nuclear states have not taken serious action to abolish nuclear weapons, which has led India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel to acquire nuclear weapons.
  • To remember that President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the historic Iran nuclear deal, intends to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty and is committed to spending $1.7 Trillion to upgrade our nuclear arsenal.
  • To remember President Trump threatened North Korea with war while engaging in on-again, off-again diplomacy and can launch our 6,800 nuclear warheads on his sole authority.
  • To remember that the danger of nuclear war is rarely mentioned by presidential candidates and that without apowerful grassroots movementdedicated to nuclear disarmament, the unthinkable, another Hiroshima or Nagasaki, is possible.

Sponsored byWatertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment,New England American Friends Service Committee, Mass Peace Action, and Survival Education Fund, Inc.

Visitwww.watertowncitizens.organdwww.facebook.com/WatertownCitizensPJE For a listing of other activities remembering the events of Aug. 6 and 9, visitwww.masspeaceaction.org

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