BANGOR, Maine — Members of the public were invited to participate in a “die-in” during a commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday afternoon at Peirce Park.
The event, put on by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, included readings as well as the die-in.
Die-in participants were asked to either stand as witnesses or lie down to represent those who died from and those who survived the bombings.
The commemoration is held to remember those who were affected by the bombings and to commit to on-going efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and work for peaceful solutions to conflict, according to a Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine press release.
After the commemoration, the public was also invited to the opening of the photo exhibit “Peacemaker Portraits” by Bangor-based documentary and fine art photographer Rick Tardiff at the center’s building at 96 Harlow Street across from the park.