AUGUST 5 EVENT IN PRINCETON COMMEMORATING THE ATOMIC BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI WILL INCLUDE MUSIC, SPEAKERS, AND JAPANESE CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) will have a Commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Hiroshima bombing anniversary, Tuesday, August 5. The Commemoration will begin with a Bring-Your-Own Picnic at 6 PM (no alcoholic beverages permitted), followed by the Program at 7 PM.
Both the Picnic and the Commemoration Ceremony will be in Albert Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon Street. In case of rain, the Picnic and Ceremony will be in the Community Room of the Library.
The Program will begin at 7:00 PM and will include a minute of silence at 7:15 PM, which corresponds to the Japanese time that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima (8:15 AM on August 6). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Zia Mian, a research physicist in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University and an expert on nuclear weapons in South Asia. Earlier this year, he received the Linus Pauling Legacy Award, and CFPA will salute him for that award after his talk.
In addition to Dr. Mian’s talk, Glenn Swann will play some pieces on the shakuhachi (Japanese flute); Kip Cherry and Mariko Banas will read some haiku about Hiroshima; and Liz Cohen will lead paper crane folding (a Japanese symbol of peace) for attendees of all ages. The Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Union Council will present music.The event will conclude near 8:30 PM with lighting candles to remember the 140,000 who died on August 6, 1945.
The Picnic and Commemoration are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Coalition at (609) 924-5022 or visit their web site, www.peacecoalition.org.
“The purpose of this Commemoration is not to look back with 20-20 hindsight to question whether the atomic bombings in 1945 were justified. What’s done is done. Rather, our reason for having these commemorations is to remember the absolute horror that nuclear weapons represent, and re-commit ourselves to working for the global abolition of nuclear weapons so such total destruction can never again be inflicted on anyone,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA’s executive director.