On August 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese metropolis of Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9, one other bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. These nuclear weapons killed over 270,000 folks, nearly all civilians, and injured many tens of 1000’s extra. By all measurements, this aggressiveness qualifies as against the law towards humanity. Ever since, folks around the globe have lived with the fears of the Nuclear Age. Lethal weapons loom over humanity like nice clenched fists, shaping the characters of countries and troubling worldwide diplomacy. The specter of nuclear annihilation has influenced total generations, coloring their attitudes towards the long run, household, marriage, work, time, leisure and loss of life.
To watch the Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
View the DVD Hiroshima No Pika & Hellfire, a two-part documentary. The primary is an animated movie of the award-winning youngsters’s guide Hiroshima No Pika narrated by Susan Sarandon with illustrations by the Japanese artist Toshi Maruki. Right here is an easy however transferring account of the experiences within the metropolis of somewhat woman and her mother and father. The second half charts the wonderful careers of this artist and his spouse whose brave creations have introduced a monumental portrait of the slaughterhouse of the 20 th century.
Prayers & Mantras
Keep in mind the bombings in your congregation or neighborhood with this prayer from the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.
A Bowl Stuffed with Peace is the true story of Sachiko Yasui, who as a baby was an eyewitness to the atomic bombing of her hometown, Nagasaki. She has devoted her life to sharing her hope for peace with every new technology.
Her mom provided a robust and transferring follow for remembering the anniversary of the bombing. Right into a bowl handed down by generations within the household — a bowl that survived the blast and not using a chip or crack — she locations ice, saying softly:
We should always remember what occurred on today.
Keep in mind how a chip of ice eased our thirst?
Because the ice melts, allow us to bear in mind all who suffered
and all who died. We should pray that
such a horrible battle by no means occurs once more.