BANGOR, Maine — A commemoration of the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Peirce Park (next to the Bangor Public Library on Harlow Street), spearheaded by members of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine.
The ceremony will include readings, folding of origami cranes 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 gathering 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, in a Peace & Justice press release. For more information, call 942-9343.