Watertown Group Holding Vigil to Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Oppose Nuclear Weapons

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

The following announcement was provided by Watertown Citizens for Peace Justice & the Environment:

Watertown Citizens for Peace Justice & the Environment is holding a commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday, August 8 from 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM. at Watertown Square and MDCR Dock.

7:30 PM – Silent Vigil – Watertown Square

8:00 PM – Music and Testimonials

8:30 PM – Launching of the Candle boats on the Charles River


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

• To remember the more than 210,000 killed, and 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 that militarization is intimately connected to racism, violence, poverty, and
environmental destruction.

• To remember the original five nuclear states, who have not taken serious action to abolish
nuclear weapons, which has led India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel to acquire nuclear

• To remember that President Biden continues the efforts of Presidents Obama and Trump to
spend $1.7 TRILLION to modernize our nuclear arsenal.

• To remember that the United States and Iran must recommit to the provisions of the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JOPOA) and that the U.S. must find common security with China
and  avoid a new cold war.

• To remember that the U.S. should support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
and adopt a “No First Use” doctrine: the U.S. must never be the first to use nuclear weapons.

• To remember that the danger of nuclear war is ever present and that without a powerful
grassroots movement dedicated to nuclear disarmament, the unthinkable, another Hiroshima
or Nagasaki, is possible.

Sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, New England American Friends Service Committee, and Mass Peace Action. Visit www.watertowncitizens.org  or  www.facebook.com/WatertownCitizensPJE

For a list of other activities remembering the events of August 6 and 9, visit

2 thoughts on “Watertown Group Holding Vigil to Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Oppose Nuclear Weapons

  1. It’s nice to live in la la land! I don’t think anyone wants another nuclear war as it would be devastating. However, when you have a Communist run Chinese government who steals intellectual properties, enslaves and/or kills their people for speaking out, has low pay and horrible working conditions for their people and continues to not comply with environmental agreements or doing them at a much lower level than other countries, keeping peace with them is very difficult. Iran is intent on developing nuclear weapons and refuses to follow any agreements and let US or UN officials into their country to investigate the state of nuclear developments too. There are a lot of dangerous leaders of many countries who would love to take down our country. We need to do whatever we can to keep peace, but we also need to protect ourselves too. We need to maintain a position of strength so none of these other countries will attack us first. We have to be realistic, not idealistic.

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