BANGOR, Maine — A commemoration of the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held at noon Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Peirce Park, next to the Bangor Public Library on Harlow Street.
Members of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine invite the public to the event which will include readings, and a symbolic “die-in”. Participants may simply stand as witnesses or lie down in a symbolic “die -in” to represent those who died and those who survived.
According to program coordinator, Ilze Petersons, the purpose of the gatherings is “to remember a dark time in history, memorialize those who died and those who survived and recommit to doing everything possible to create a safe and peaceful future without the threat of nuclear weapons.”
The commemoration will be followed by a Walk for Peaceful Priorities through downtown Bangor. “Not only do these weapons continue to pose a threat to the survival of humanity, they also drain the tax dollars needed in our communities as we see the impact of federal cuts in education, health care and other needed services in our communities” said Petersons. For more information call 942-9343.