Hiroshima atomic bomb victims remembered 68 years later

Hiroshima atomic bomb victims remembered in Oak Ridge 68 years later

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The reading of names of Hiroshima atomic bomb victims was accompanied by the ringing of a bell The reading of names of Hiroshima atomic bomb victims was accompanied by the ringing of a bell
A number of "peace cranes" were presented as part of the ceremony. A number of "peace cranes" were presented as part of the ceremony.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - People gathered in Oak Ridge Tuesday morning to remember the victims of the Aug. 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

The date was the 68th anniversary of the day the bomb was dropped. Highly enriched uranium that fueled the bomb, known as "Little Boy," was produced at the Y-12 facility.

The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance organized the rally not only to remember the Hiroshima victims, but to protest the continued production of thermonuclear cores for United States nuclear weapons.

"I think the important thing is for people to remember," said Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance coordinator Ralph Hutchison.

The three-hour Names and Remembrance Ceremony began at 6:00 a.m.

Names of victims were read, accompanied by the ringing of a bell and the presentation of peace cranes.

"That Origami peace crane has become a symbol of a desire of peace," explained Hutchison.

Five members of Footprints for Peace road their bicycles 460 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio to be at the ceremony.

"There's a few reasons why we feel this is important," said Footprints for Peace CEO Jim Toren. "One is that we should never forget our part and because if we do we are doomed to repeat it."

Many people at the ceremony had strong opinions about nuclear weapons.

"I don't think people in America realize how much we stockpiling nuclear weapons and how much tax dollars are going to build weapons we don't really need," said Toren.

First-hand accounts of the Hiroshima bombing, poetry and artwork of survivors were also part of the program.

The Oak Ridge Police Department and U.S. Department of Energy security officers had a strong presence at the event to make sure participants did not go on the Y-12 property.

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