Vigil Planned to Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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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 the Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment:

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Delta and DCR Dock in Watertown Square, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023 from 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM

7:30 PM – Silent Vigil – Watertown Square
8:00 PM – Music and Testimonials
8:30 PM – Launching of the Candle Boats – MDCR Dock

Our annual resistance to the presence and use of nuclear weapons is even more important this year as we face the tangible and  threats of escalation in Ukraine and the effects of climate change. 


“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 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 abolition, the unthinkable, another Hiroshima or Nagasaki, is possible. 

Sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment with the much appreciated support of New England American Friends Service Committee and Mass Peace Action.

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